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LGBT LIFE IN SRI LANKA IS STILL TOUGH

EQUAL GROUND is the only organisation in Sri Lanka advocating for LGBT rights. The non-profit group has an online magazine and offers free counseling through Facebook Messenger. DNA spoke to Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, the Executive Director.

DNA: Tell us about your work.

Rosanna: Founded in 2004, we advocate for the decriminalization of homosexual activity and the elimination of discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our mission is to achieve equality for all sexual orientations and gender identities; human rights for everyone.

How much have things changed since 2004?

14 years ago there was no gay pride in Sri Lanka. We now have a vibrant, well-attended gay pride celebration in Colombo. This has gained support from corporate sponsors and LGBTIQ and straight allies. There is far more support from society and government institutions now than 14 years ago. There are also many more LGBTIQ individuals coming out and being open and proud.

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