Equal Ground, a non-profit organisation seeking human and political rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning community [“LGBTIQ community”] of Sri Lanka has successfully organised LGBTIQ Colombo PRIDE events for over a decade. But the politically motivated group “The Island Nation of Sinhale” is officially declared as an enemy of sexual minorities and these are not just words. They consider violence against LGBT as a norm of life. Moreover, as a duty.
Here is what they say about it on their Facebook page: “Faggot activities aren’t legal. Let’s take the law into our own hands. If the police aren’t going to do anything about it our community is ready to do it ourselves. We will not let these mother f**king dogs to ruin our culture. Ladies and Gents of Sinhale, join us on the 28th to look at the faces of these faggots at Race course.”
When attempting to obtain permission for events commemorating IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Lesbphobia and Transphobia) and Colombo PRIDE, the Council and the police did not expressly refused permission, but delayed necessary approvals for no reason. The situation of LGBT citizens in Sri Lanka has been difficult, but there has been some progress in the fight for equal rights. If this intimidation is allowed to go unchallenged Sri Lanka will lower its standing in the eyes of the international community.