Nepal's sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant holds a rainbow flag before marching in a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in e

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant holds a rainbow flag before marching in a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in e

In this Aug. 23, 2019, photo, Meghna Lama smokes hookah at Tiffany restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. For Lama, who has been running Pink Tiffany

In this Aug. 23, 2019, photo, Meghna Lama smokes hookah at Tiffany restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. For Lama, who has been running Pink Tiffany

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, participants dance at a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minoritie

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, participants dance at a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minoritie

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant holds a rainbow flag and marches in a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant holds a rainbow flag and marches in a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal

In this Aug. 23, 2019, photo, a half male and half female picture greets customers at Tiffany restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. For Meghna Lama,

In this Aug. 23, 2019, photo, a half male and half female picture greets customers at Tiffany restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal. For Meghna Lama,

In this Aug. 23, 2019, photo, Meghna Lama sits for a photograph as she speaks with the Associated Press at Tiffany restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu, Ne

In this Aug. 23, 2019, photo, Meghna Lama sits for a photograph as she speaks with the Associated Press at Tiffany restaurant in Thamel, Kathmandu, Ne

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant stands beside a rainbow flag before a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal

In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo, a participant stands beside a rainbow flag before a gay pride parade in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal seized the lead in equal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category.

Such rights were enshrined in the constitution, which was introduced after the abolition of Nepal's centuries-old monarchy, because of a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that outlawed all discrimination against sexual minorities. LGBT activists, however, say politicians have failed to write new laws that reflect their rights.

Even worse, a Civil Code came into force last year has moved things backward by clearly stating that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Rights activist Manisha Dhakal says: "Nepal opened the way and other countries are following, but it has stalled here."