Nepal's First Openly Gay Member of Parliament Doesn't Stop Innovating

Published: August 17, 2010

Sunil Pant is the sort of activist politician you rarely see in the United States these days. He makes regular headlines, is always stirring things up in Parliament, knows the right people to get on his side, and simply never stops pushing the envelope. Unlike U.S. politicians, he has far less concern with pleasing the right people and making his way up. A computer programmer by training, his primary concern is promoting and defending the rights of Nepal’s LGBTI community. And in that regard, he has been innovating up a storm lately, with his latest venture the introduction of a weekly TV show on youth and LGBTI issues, the first of its kind in Nepal. Pant is pushing all sorts of cultural, religious, and political boundaries and no one is stopping him.

While we generally talk about innovation in tech and business, what about political entrepreneurs? Innovating in the political sphere takes the same set of skills and qualities–thinking outside the box, identifying unique opportunities, partnering with the right people, and so on. Pant is a political entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word and his innovations are not limited to Nepal; Pant is leading a gay rights revolution across Asia and even played a central role in New York City’s Pride Parade earlier this summer.

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