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Spring 2018

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Nepal: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples


This project is aimed at understanding the perceptions of LGBTQ identities, people, and issues within the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, India. The project starts by contextualizing feminism in Tibetan spheres as well as Buddhist conceptions of gender and sexuality, as many Tibetans are practicing Buddhists. The focus then turns to the reactions to and experiences of queer Tibetans and how Tibetans talk about and conceptualize queerness. Finally, this project looks at the formation of various networks that have formed amongst a small community of out LGBTQ Tibetans. The main objective of this paper is to provide a context for LGBTQ politics in Tibetan spheres in addition to creating visibility for this community. It is important for a dialogue to begin on this topic but that can really only come from within Tibetan communities.


Asian Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies


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