I Went to the Rehearsal of Nepal’s First Gay Mr. Handsome Pageant

The Black Eyed Peas’ Get it started is screaming obnoxiously from the top floor of a lime-green, dusty cement building on the outskirts of Nepal’s Thamel city. Upstairs, the contestants of the country’s first ever Gay Mr Handsome pageant are strutting off-beat towards the front of the room, posing awkwardly, and pouting to an imaginary audience. Amid the dusty bookshelves and broken chairs, the room is a sea of frayed denim, reflective sunglasses, and sexual tension.

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