Nepali Context- COVID-19 and LGBTI population

March 24, 2020 marked the start of ongoing border restrictions marked by a strict four month lockdown. During the lockdown, travel has been severely restricted, and migrant workers tried to return home across the mostly closed borders. In addition, most businesses were forced to close, and an all-day, all-night curfew was imposed except for very limited hours in which civilians were allowed to shop for food and medicine under police supervision. The lockdown led to economic and logistics difficulties, which most affected marginalized populations, including the LGBTQ population.

The experiences of LGBTIQ during the pandemic have been full of challenges and constant struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plates. As a marginalized and underprivileged community, LGBT have been experiencing extreme hardships at this difficult phase of a global pandemic as they have lost their source of income, receive no support from their families as well as the government and are subjected to be victims of discrimination. They are now deprived more than they were before because of the outbreak but the state has shown no concern to these issues of the gender and sexual minority community.