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  • Rajitha negates President’s statement re legalizing gay rights Read more >

    Rajitha negates President’s statement re legalizing gay rights

    Image: Is Sirisena a lair? Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne, apparently contradicting what President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday that he threw away a cabinet paper aimed at legalising homosexuality in Sri Lanka, yesterday told Parliament that there was never such a move. “There was never a move to legalize homosexuality or prostitution,” the minister said responding to a […]

  • Sri Lanka Officially Refuses To Go Gay Read more >

    Sri Lanka Officially Refuses To Go Gay

    Himal Kotelawala Gay rights is in the news again, what with the Cabinet notoriously rejecting a move to decriminalise homosexuality in the country. Social networking sites were abuzz with the news yesterday, with members of the public ‒ those with an online presence at least ‒ showing mixed reactions to the controversial yet unsurprising decision […]

  • Sri Lanka rejects move to legitimise homosexuality Read more >

    Sri Lanka rejects move to legitimise homosexuality

    Sri Lanka’s 1883 penal code, a legacy of its British colonial rulers, makes sex between men punishable by 12 years in jail, although the law is rarely enforced.(HT FIle Photo). Sri Lanka’s cabinet has rejected a proposal to end discrimination based on sexual orientation because it could legitimise homosexuality, which is illegal on the island, a […]

  • Asgiriya Chapter calls for the right to equality for LGBT Read more >

    Asgiriya Chapter calls for the right to equality for LGBT

    The Asgiriya Chapter highlighted that groups with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities should have the right to equality and should not be marginalized, discriminated, exploited and oppressed. Chief Secretary of the Asgiriya Chapter, Dr. Medagama Dhammananda said that such individuals […]

  • UNHRC Adopts LGBT Rights Resolution; China, Russia and OIC Oppose Read more >

    UNHRC Adopts LGBT Rights Resolution; China, Russia and OIC Oppose

    ( The vote; image by rappler.com) The U.N. Human Rights Council  adopted a resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination at just concluded its 32 session by majority vote. The resolution calls  for establishing a mandate on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Cube and Viet Nam  supported the resolution […]

  • End Discrimination against LGBT Community in Sri Lanka  –  Int. Ambassadors Read more >

    End Discrimination against LGBT Community in Sri Lanka – Int. Ambassadors

    ( Press Release) The European Union (EU) Delegation issues the following press release in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission, Ambassadors of Norway and Switzerland and High Commissioners of Canada and Australia in Colombo. DECLARATION BY INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADORS AND HIGH COMMISSIONERS ON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA AND BIPHOBIA. Colombo, […]

  • Island of Hope — Sri Lanka’s Last Chance for Equality Read more >

    Island of Hope — Sri Lanka’s Last Chance for Equality

    by Aritha Wickramasinghe. I was born in 1984 at St Michael’s Nursing Home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Then a small, but bustling metropolis, Colombo had already experienced its first taste of societal division. In 1983, race riots largely targeting the Tamil minority population engulfed this once picture perfect paradise in flames — flames which would […]

  • Still a Crime to be Gay in Sri Lanka

    Though new government offers some hope, say LGBT activists By Kaitlin Bardswich . Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, executive director of Equal Ground in Sri Lanka, says the LGBT-rights organization has come under state security surveillance. / Kaitlin Bardswich “I’m sorry I’m a lesbian,” a Sri Lankan woman says she told her mother, after her sister outed her. […]

  • UNHRC: Landmark Resolution on Anti-Gay Bias Read more >

    UNHRC: Landmark Resolution on Anti-Gay Bias

    The Human Rights Council resolution is a significant moment for global LGBTI movements, and for people around the world who have worked tirelessly for human rights for everyone. We intend to press the Council to keep these concerns atop its agenda and to ensure sustained attention and action. By Monica Tabengwa, (Geneva) – The UN […]

  • LGBTI rights – still not there yet Read more >

    LGBTI rights – still not there yet

    76 countries criminalize homosexuality- Progress at UN incremental- Activists should focus on violence aspect- Mounting research exposes harsh realities-  (IRIN) – In recent years, the world has seen enormous human rights gains with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. However, there have also been substantial setbacks – ranging from discriminatory legislation, to […]

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