Inclusive and equitable environment that empowers LGBTQ+ individuals in Bhutan

Let us work collectively

Pride Bhutan, a growing local non-profit organization, stands as a beacon for LGBTQ+ rights in Bhutan. Founded in 2014 by a group of young Bhutanese LGBTQ+ activists, it has been committed to creating a safe and inclusive society for all members of the community. The organization, with its 375 registered members, strives to create a nurturing space where LGBTQ+ people can freely express themselves and advocate for their rights.

Through its visionary approach, Pride Bhutan not only celebrates diversity but also endeavours to empower LGBTQ+ individuals to lead lives of dignity, equity, and freedom. It seeks to address issues and challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ in Bhutan by advocating for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, raising awareness about issues related to sexual and gender diversity, and creating a supportive community for members of the LGBTQ+ community in Bhutan.

In a remarkable achievement, Pride Bhutan played a pivotal role in decriminalizing homosexuality in Bhutan in 2021. Additionally, the organization successfully integrated LGBTQ+ issues into the National Gender Equality Policy, marking a significant step toward ensuring the inclusion and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community within the national framework.

Guided by a dedicated board of LGBTQ+ leaders, Pride Bhutan ensures comprehensive decision-making and inclusivity. Under the guidance of an executive director, strategic planning and program implementation are diligently carried out, while day-to-day operations are managed by a committed team of staff and volunteers. The organization thrives due to its network of members and supporters who both benefit from and contribute to its noble cause.

In 2015, Lhak-Sam, one of the sub-recipients of the Multi-country South Asia Global Fund Program on HIV, prompted the formation of an informal network of LGBT+ community in Bhutan. Through collective efforts and remarkable achievements, Pride Bhutan continues to work towards a fairer and more affirming society for LGBTQ+ individuals in Bhutan.


At Pride Bhutan, we envision a future where we are ‘Celebrating Diversity’ in all its forms. Pride Bhutan is deeply committed to promoting diversity in every facet of our mission and objectives. We define diversity as the inclusion and representation of all relevant demographic categories in our policy, governance, management, and operations. These categories include, but are not limited to, gender, age, ethnicity, race, nationality, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.

Our goal is to serve as a role model for diversity by striving to reflect the demographics of our national community in our leadership, members, committees, and volunteers. We believe that by embracing diversity, we can truly celebrate it and make Pride Bhutan a more inclusive and welcoming space for all.


The core purpose of Pride Bhutan is to strive towards the creation of an inclusive and equitable environment that empowers LGBTQ+ individuals in Bhutan to realize their full potential. We believe that every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, deserves to live in a society that acknowledges their rights, respects their identity, and allows them to flourish.

Our mission is not just about promoting acceptance and equality for the LGBTQ+ community, but it’s also about fostering a culture of respect and understanding within the broader society. We aim to break down the barriers that prevent LGBTQ+ individuals from fully participating in all aspects of societal life, be it social, economic, cultural, or political.

Through our various initiatives and programs, we work tirelessly to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, provide support and resources for the LGBTQ+ community, and educate the public about the issues faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every LGBTQ+ individual in Bhutan can live openly without fear, and can achieve their full potential in a society that celebrates diversity and inclusion.


The objectives of Pride Bhutan are to:

  • build a unified network of people that stimulates minds and empowers the community;
  • create a supportive environment where individuals with diverse gender and sexuality are acknowledged by families, friends and communities;
  • advocate information and learning on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE);
  • enhance inclusive access to health care services and education, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity & expression.


Kencho Zangmo
Vice Chair

Rinchen Suri

Sonam Dema


Tenzin Gyeltshen
Executive Director

Sonam Choden
Finance & Admin Head

Ugyen Wangchuk
Outreach worker

Tsagay Dorji
Outreach worker

Tshering Tshokey
Outreach worker