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Prez should apologize, says LGBTQ+ community

2018-11-07 18:45:42
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President Maithripala Sirisena should apologize to the LGBTQI+ community over his remark made at Government’s rally on Monday in Colombo where he said he was promoting homophobia and public incitement of homophobic hatred.

Members of the Sri Lankan LGBTQI+ community categorically condemned President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement made at Government’s rally in Colombo saying he was promoting homophobia and public incitement of homophobic hatred.

Addressing a news briefing yesterday, LGBTQI+ activist and a lecturer at the Colombo University of Colombo Thiyagaraja Waradas said the President should be held responsible for any injustice that would happen to any LGBTQ+ community following this remark.

“It is the minority LGBTQI+ community in rural areas, who have to undergo the repercussions because of this statement,” Waradas said.

“It is not a matter that can be taken lightly. The President used this term called “butterfly life” with a deliberate purpose to insult the LGBTQI+ community. Although it is a laughing matter for President Sirisena and the audience gathered, it is a huge blow to the entire LGBTQI+ community in Sri Lanka.”

He said this was not the first occasion where he disregarded the community.

When a Cabinet Paper was brought to the Cabinet regarding the LGBTQI+ community rights, President Sirisena showed his agitation and prevented it from being approved in the Cabinet.

“It is unfathomable as to why the President wanted to compare the LGBTQ+ community with the previous Cabinet and Ranil Wickremesinghe,” Waradas added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

Video by Sanath Desmond

Pic by Nimalsiri Edirisinghe

 


  Comments - 13

  • Starightman Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:42

    Dear Gay community, So you admit that 'Samanala' means Gay? lol

    Reply : 228       84

    Be Fair Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:47

    You should forgive him, is ignorance and the mental status he is in now. Rather ashamed that he is our president in the 1st place, more hurting that I did cast my vote for the joker

    Reply : 23       191

    shukrimim Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:47

    LGBTQI is a biological disorder, not a disgrace matter. Please respect humanity.

    Reply : 84       154

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 8 November 2018 10:14

    Nonsense. LGBTQI is not a biological disorder. It's just as normal as heterosexuality. Or is your skin color also a biological disorder just because the majority of people have a different skin color?

    Reply : 18       65

    NM Thursday, 8 November 2018 14:32

    Yeah...maybe we shouldntt call it a disorder ...

    Reply : 8       26

    voter Friday, 9 November 2018 13:01

    Its a genetic disorder/order whichever way you want to look at it and not biological.

    Reply : 21       4

    Gayan Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:48

    I cant figure out who is a guy or girl from these pictures.

    Reply : 168       59

    Human Thursday, 8 November 2018 08:24

    Did it ever occur to you that person is a human?

    Reply : 17       86

    Mm Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:49

    Isn’t this illegal in Sri Lanka ?

    Reply : 157       71

    saman Thursday, 8 November 2018 08:18

    Just look at them!

    Reply : 57       23

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:03

    Some 19th century views amongst the comments. Ignorance and bigotry on display. Sri Lanka has some catching up to do.

    Reply : 2       11

    Vijay Thursday, 15 November 2018 16:38

    Do what you guys are doing but their shouldn't be any apology from President whom I don't like The reason is anyone can call anyone Samanalaya why should you bother at the first place. According to Sri Lankan law gay community is banned or illegal so there is nothing for president to apologies. Live the life you guys are living.

    Reply : 3       2

    Dr.arturo Zoller Friday, 16 November 2018 18:49

    It would be a bless to Sri Lanka when this Victorian law should be abolished like has been the case in UK where they introduced this law .

    Reply : 0       0

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