Every year on the day of Gai Jatra, the Hindu festival of the cow, the LGBTQI community of Nepal hold a pride parade in the centre of Kathmandu. Gai Jatra is a festival that is celebrated as a means to commemorate the death of loved ones over the past year. The pride parade was originally chosen to be held on the same day because it is when people were traditionally allowed to cross dress.
2019 has marked 16 years of this LGBTQI tradition but the first one I have had the opportunity to photograph. Participants came from all over the country for the event and show their presence in society.
The parade, organised by the Blue Diamond Society, is similar to the original Gai Jatra Festival, as it is "seen as a memorial ceremony to commemorate the death of those belonging to the community who lost their lives because of their sexual orientation…” (Himalayan Times).