Miss Pink Nepal 2024 Concludes with a Grand Celebration of Diversity and Empowerment

The Miss Pink Nepal 2024 event, organized to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), concluded on Thursday at Rastriya Naach Ghar, Jamal. The event, organized by the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) in collaboration with Right Here Right Now (RHRN) and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Nepal, showcased the talents and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Out of the 18 finalists, Anmol Rai was crowned Miss Pink Nepal 2024, while Sarosy Neupane and Aarohi Basnet secured the second and third positions, respectively. This year’s event highlighted the importance of representation and visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community in Nepal.

Pinky Gurung, President of the Blue Diamond Society, shared that the Miss Pink Nepal event has been a significant initiative since 2007, with the recent one being its seventh iteration. Gurung noted the challenges in maintaining the event’s regularity due to the lack of stakeholder support. She emphasized the ongoing societal stigma and stereotypes that keep many community members from participating openly.

Despite these challenges, the event saw over three dozen applications from across Nepal, with 18 participants being selected. Peter Rai, a transgender woman affiliated with BDS, remarked, “No matter who wins from eighteen participants, nobody will lose in terms of representation of the community, all will be winners.”

The newly crowned Miss Pink Nepal, Anmol Rai, will represent Nepal at the Miss International Queen 2024 pageant in Thailand this August and will serve as an ambassador for BDS for the coming year.

Gurung concluded, “Miss Pink is the celebration of diversity and empowerment, providing an opportunity for the LGBTQIA+ community to shine and prove their capabilities. It promises hope for strength and resilience regardless of gender identity.”

The event not only celebrated the beauty and talent of the participants but also underscored the ongoing struggle and strength of the LGBTQIA+ community in Nepal.


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