Reawakening of Sri Lankan Queer Culture – Meet GaaPiNk

Reawakening of Sri Lankan Queer Culture – Meet GaaPiNk

18 September 2020 06:30 am

Lockdown diaries and the COVID-19 crisis may have been everyone’s bummer over the past season. But for GaaPiNk, it was a lane of ideas to come up with a remedy to heal everyone who were oppressed due to the pandemic. They took the standstill as an opportunity to emphasise the struggle of the Sri Lankan Queer Community through their music, with a brand-new number, “Aale Obata Maa”.

GaaPiNk is a Sri Lankan queer artist and an activist outspeaking for the rights of the LGBTIQ community. They break the barriers of gender by expressing themselves in a fluid spectrum, reminiscing the beauty of diversity, thereby giving breath to the dying Queer Culture of Sri Lanka.

GaaPiNk actively involved in human rights advocacy a few years ago, later to come out as the first ever openly queer musician to walk on the Sri Lankan soil. They possess a unique genre of music expressing love, ecstasy, romance, heartbreak and pride.

Growing up as a queer kid, GaaPiNk shares the struggle of being accepted by the society amidst discrimination due to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression. Being an aquatic flow against fanning flames of hate, GaaPiNk unleashes their music and artistry to spread love, kindness and equality.

Their brand-new hit, Aale Obata Maa is their first ever Sinhala song to be produced. Recognised for their passion for English music, GaaPiNk earlier had released a number of English singles which became hits in the Sri Lankan LGBTIQ community, Hate, Precious, Pose Like A Queen to name a few.

Aale Obata Maa has an English version, “Run”. GaaPiNk continues to experiment with their music to come up with ideas resonating the Sri Lankan Queer Culture, in the mission to upbring social recognition for the LGBTIQ community. 

There is hardly a book, or a manuscript, written about the Sri Lankan Queer Community. But it is no secret that the Queer Community, of whom many seek to throw into the false notion of foreign influence, lived in the past and still live in the Sri Lankan soil. Each country of the world has their own indigenous queer groups, and queer communities live in different parts of our island as minority groups, who are subjected to continuous harassment, both legally and through different degrees of social attitudes, a prominent researcher on Sri Lankan minority groups divulged to LNW. For the longest time, the Sri Lankan LGBTIQ community has been living in fear to come out with their true colours, but is now beginning to crave for visibility amidst growing, however lagging, social acceptance, he added.

Compared to the era in which the Human Rights movement for queer communities took its inception, many queer persons are coming out of the closest, he further revealed.

The Queer Culture challenges the binary norms of Gender and Sexuality, and Queer Liberation is a part of a bigger human rights struggle over intersectional forms of marginalisation on a global scale.

GaaPiNk’s music brings hope and one step closer to the liberation of queer lives in Sri Lanka.