Nothing but PRIDE in Sri Lanka

19th July 2015 was a day to remember in Sri Lanka. A music video of the song “Nothing but Pride” was launched at the Auditorium of the Goethe Institute...

19th July 2015 was a day to remember in Sri Lanka. A music video of the song “Nothing but Pride” was launched at the Auditorium of the Goethe Institute in Colombo. In a country where homosexuality is still considered a crime, the song celebrates diversity and equality encouraging the LGBTIQ community to stand tall and proud, and the society to stop harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. “Nothing but PRIDE” was written by Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND, a Sri Lankan non-profit organization seeking human and political rights, the creation of  a safe space for all LGBTIQ individuals and providing opportunities to promote mental well-being.

“I believe we needed an anthem, a lively gay song to harness our pride and feel good about ourselves. And I hope it catches on and is played around the world at pride celebrations and everywhere!” said Rosanna when asked about why she wrote the song. The video has now more than 5,000 views on YouTube.

Using music as a tool for empowerment, Sri Lankans can start challenging homophobic attitudes and obsolete concepts of morality. This music video shows  courage and determination to change what is still considered “not normal” or shameful.

                  Please share it, start singing   and make it go viral!

More about EQUAL GROUND? www.equal-ground.com

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Rossana Karunaratna

Rossana has 25 years of experience working with civil society, government agencies, higher education institutions and international organisations in Peru, her country of birth and in Sri Lanka as tutor and consultant. Her areas of expertise include peace building and conflict transformation, human rights, gender (women’s rights and domestic violence), state-civil society relationships and inter-marriage and citizenship. She lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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