EQUALITY - the only LGBTIQ lifestyle Magazine in Sri Lanka

PRESS RELEASE

Colombo, Sri Lanka: 20th December 2016

EQUAL GROUND, the only LGBTIQ advocacy organisation in Sri Lanka is proud to announce the launch of the first LGBTIQ lifestyle magazine in Colombo today. Aptly names EQUALITY, it is the first magazine of its kind to be published in Sri Lanka amidst a burgeoning and thriving lifestyle publications industry in this country.

For 12 years, EQUAL GROUND has served the LGBTIQ community and its allies with the ‘Rainbow News’ newsletter. The switch to a lifestyle magazine was made to create a wider platform for members of the LGBTIQ community to express their opinions and showcase their talents while appealing to all audiences in Sri Lanka.

“Our intention was to create a platform where the LGBTIQ community of this country can contribute in all three languages. So that irrespective of your area, race or social status any member has the equal opportunity to come forward and express themselves,” said Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Executive Director of the EQUAL GROUND. “It is also a platform for young entrepreneurs, photographers, artists and others from the community to be featured creating publicity for their craft or business,” she added.

With the launch of ‘EQUALITY’, the first of its kind in the country, EQUAL GROUND has taken a step towards a more accepting, united, happy and humane society.

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION:

EQUAL GROUND is a nonprofit organisation seeking economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community of Sri Lanka. We are committed to creating a safe space for all LGBTIQ individuals and to providing opportunities for self-help including mental wellbeing, economic, social and political empowerment, access to health, education, housing and legal protection for the LGBTIQ community.
EQUAL GROUND is the only truly mixed organisation in Sri Lanka which includes the wider identities of the LGBTIQ community in Sri Lanka as well as our heterosexual allies and friends.

Contact Details:
Tel: +94-11-2806184/ +94-11- 5679766
Fax: +94-11-2805704
Web: http://www.equal-ground.org
Web Blog: https://equalground.wordpress.com/
Twitter: EQUALGROUND
Facebook: facebook.com/EQUALGROUND
Youtube: youtube.com/user/equalground123

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JVP’s Nalinda Jayathissa MP makes homophobic statements

JVP parliamentarian Nalinda Jayathissa MP has, in an interview stated: “I am totally against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual [sic] (LGBT) rights. This is not the need of the human being. We need a future generation. Scientific experiments reveal that this kind of emotions come out due to stress. When people go through stressful periods or are in such environments, unnatural feelings come out. For example, we do not see this behaviour when they are living in the wild. However, if they are caged, we would see this behaviour. I believe in marriage between man and woman. Same sex marriage is unnatural. It is against the evolution of the human being”. (full article can be viewed via the Colombo Telegraph)

Is this really the stance of the Janatha Vimukthi Permuna a leftist party fighting for equality for all citizens of Sri Lanka? EQUAL GROUND strongly condemns the statements made by Nalinda Jayathissa MP and has written to the JVP to explain their stance on these unacceptable comments and the rights of the LGBTIQ community of Sri Lanka to live as equal citizens of this country.

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