The ancient Sri Lankans had social tolerance of homosexuality probably due to the Buddhist teachings that did not condemn LGBT people. The Buddhist Jataka stories discuss homosexuality without homophobic prejudice (Jayatunge, 2015). According to some scholars; early Buddhism appears to have placed no special stigma on homosexual relations (Coleman, 2002). There had been greater acceptance of homosexuality in ancient Sri Lanka. Opposition to homosexuality in Sri Lanka started with the Colonial rule and the Church’s influence. Probably the first mention of homosexuality with strong disapproval came from a Portuguese observer in the early 16th century (Bhante Dhammika, 2018).Homosexuality has long been sources of contention within the institution after 1505 with the Portuguese influence. The Church’s declaration on sexual ethics impacted the same-sex sexuality in Sri Lanka. The non-heterosexual orientation had been described as a violation of norms in the area of sexuality.
April 13 / Lanka Web