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[7 Dec 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Reflecting on LGBTIQ+ Awareness & Schools in Colombo

Friday, 07th December 2018
By Iman Saleem 
In early October, Saakya Rajawasan, a Grade 13 student at Colombo International School, was banned from the school’s annual fashion show for attempting to wear a rainbow flag on stage. She was later sent a letter home citing ‘unacceptable and irresponsible behaviour’ for draping the cape around her bag, offstage. Her bag was confiscated; she was banned from extra-curricular activities (including community service) and threatened with suspension. CIS’s treatment of …

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[20 Jul 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The age old ‘Quality’ Vs ‘Quantity’ debate – The Parenting BLIP Saga

By Dedunie De Silva  
I was having a chat with a friend recently, whose only son had been critically ill over a year ago with a serious medical condition. He was explaining the feeling of total and utter desperation and helplessness as he watched his son in a vegetative state, where allopathy had done all it could and it was all up to his son to wake up or not. He had wondered at that moment, …

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[25 Jun 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
A Response to ‘SC Defers Delivery of Order on July 9’ published in the Daily Mirror

Monday, 25th June 2018
By Deduni de Silva 
“Whilst Canada votes to legalise recreational cannabis use, SL sends women’s equal rights in the fight against alcohol to pot!!”
Gazettes were published and withdrawn in haste; Supreme Court action was filed in equal haste; yet leave to proceed keeps getting postponed and we all wait in anticipation and trepidation!
How deeply etched in our little minds is this so called ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’, and how entwined is the ‘woman’s role’ …

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[5 Jan 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
From the Diary of a Colombo Crossdresser – Episode II

So with the urge to dress up starting to increase with each passing day, I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how to pull this off without anyone catching on. As with most crossdressers, I had only one option. Since I had no sisters my only option was to try on some of my mother’s old clothes.
Then it became a waiting game to find a time window where I was home alone. Lo …

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[4 Jan 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Sri Lanka Should Tackle Sexuality, Gender Identity Bias

Thursday, 04th January 2018
By Neela Ghoshal
In November 2015, I sat in a small circle of plastic chairs outside a rustic hotel in Sri Lanka’s coastal town of Ambalangoda. Against a backdrop of fruit trees and waves lapping the shore I listened to horrific stories from six gay, bisexual, and transgender people whom a Sri Lankan gay activist had convened to meet with Human Rights Watch.
“Abeeth” (all names are changed for privacy and security), a young …

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[1 Jan 2018 | No Comment | Posted by ]
The Invention of Heterosexuality

Monday, 01st January 2018
by Brandon Ambrosino
The 1901 Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defined heterosexuality as an “abnormal or perverted appetite toward the opposite sex.” More than two decades later, in 1923, Merriam Webster’s dictionary similarly defined it as “morbid sexual passion for one of the opposite sex.” It wasn’t until 1934 that heterosexuality was graced with the meaning we’re familiar with today: “manifestation of sexual passion for one of the opposite sex; normal sexuality.”
Whenever I tell this to …

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[19 Dec 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Beyond the Report Button: Tackling Cyber-Violence in Sri Lanka

By Amalini De Sayrah
It started with a few comments on Facebook. A 26 –year-old woman shared her opinion on a Facebook status. The discussion was about religion. Someone disagreed with her. The status transformed into a bitter ‘comment war.’ Nothing particularly unusual so far. It was what happened afterwards that was disturbing.
“Following the comments, I had several hateful messages sent to me via Facebook,” she shared.
It didn’t stop there. The angry commenter had purchased a …

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[19 Dec 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
From the Diary of a Colombo Crossdresser

I can’t remember exactly when I started to crossdress, but I can recall that I liked the sensation or silk and satin since I was a teenager. Back in the mid to late 90s, during my teen years, I had no idea this was a normal phenomenon. As I had no one to talk to or guide me, I embarked on this journey on my own and nearly 2 decades down the road, I decided …

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[6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
BLIP @ 6

So our wonderful Blip turned 6!!! He is well and truly a BOY now!!! No ‘baby’ signs at all remaining for us to cling on to a time where there were no questions or challenges, just complete and utter devotion, acceptance and dependency.
Since my last update when he was 3 ½ years old (cos that’s how long it took for me to get here again!), he has changed in leaps and bounds – finally in dadda’s …

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[3 Oct 2017 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Let Women Decide: Some Feminist Perspectives on the ‘Abortion Debate’

Sunday, 1st October, 2017
By Subha Wijesiriwardena
At this moment in Sri Lanka, ‘the abortion debate’ has sprung up once again; with the cabinet purportedly attempting to pass a bill which would legalize abortions for women under two circumstances[1] – if the woman is a victim of rape or if the foetus is detected to have ‘Lethal Congenital Malformation’. The Sri Lankan Penal Code of 1883 (yes, that’s right, that’s the year our criminal law is from: 1883) criminalizes …