The Colombo Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual community held a colorful fashion show at the Galadari Hotel on June 20th. This event brought awareness and visibility to Sri Lanka’s diversity of sexual of orientation. Homosexuality may be technically illegal in Sri Lanka under ‘gross indecency’ laws. Certainly, no legislation exists to protect the rights of this minority group. Sunday’s fashion display, however, showed a community that was proud and aware of their sexuality and supported by a broad base of Colombo society.
The event was organized by Equal Ground, a non-profit organization working for gay rights in Sri Lanka. Executive Director Rosanna Flamer Caldera participated the show and opened the evening saying ‘closets are for clothers’. This fashion show was a part of Colombo Pride week with events continuing throughout the week. Details and photos and video are included below.
24th June: Rainbow Pride party (Tickets for sale at EQUAL GROUND from 10th June onwards)
1 July: Special Film Screening – “Beyond Gay: The politics of Pride” – Hosted by the British High Commission
• Rainbow Visions – LGBT Art and Photo exhibition
• Celluloid Rainbows – LGBT Film Festival – Hosted by the British Council
10th July: LGBTIQ theatre performance – “Leave a light on for me”
11th July: Rainbow Kite Festival on Mt. Lavinia Beach
Contact us for details on venues, tickets, times and any other information.
Tel: 94-11-2512977 or 5679766