In celebration of PRIDE month allover the world to commemorate the LGBTIQ community, the Sri Lankan LGBTIQ community has launched a series of events at Colombo PRIDE, for the 15th consecutive time.
PRIDE Music and Dance Festival, one of the events, was held at Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella on June 13, with a three hour momentum of glorious portrayal of music and dancing talents of the Sri Lankan LGBTIQ community, lighting the night with the shades of the rainbow colours.
The event reportedly was a tremendous success, depicting the growth of the reconciliation between the LGBTIQ community and the allies, towards promoting the queer culture of Sri Lanka, significant to raise awareness of their fight to win the human rights criminalized by obsolete penal code influenced by the British colonial rule.
The event was participated by friends, family members, community based organizations, independent activists, allies and representatives of high commissions.
"Pride" is a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBTIQ rights movements throughout the world.
The month of June was chosen for LGBTIQ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTIQ people have had in the world.
The US Embassy and the Canadian Embassy in Colombo showed their support to the Sri Lankan LGBTIQ community by raising the rainbow flag.