Why Asia's Gays Are Starting to Win Acceptance

Jason Lee / Reuters

Making a scene
A lesbian couple stages a mock wedding in Beijing on Valentine's Day, 2009. Some gay people in China's capital use the holiday to campaign for greater acceptance of homosexuality

Sunil Babu Pant is a schoolteacher's son who grew up in the rough green mountains of central Nepal. The youngest of six children, indulged by his family, Pant remembers feeling attracted to other boys. But he wore that knowledge lightly, with the innocence of a sheltered child. Boys and girls played separately; Pant thought that his friends must feel just as he did. "It didn't appear as a problem to me growing up in the countryside," he says. "Even though I knew about myself, I couldn't define it."

By 28, Pant had...

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