Sri Lanka discusses LGBTQ rights ‘over and over’, but clings to the past


The government of Sri Lanka is undecided on LGBTQ rights, but the matter is under discussion, government officials say. The video, which surfaced on Twitter [on Aug. 2], showed the counsellor posing the question “Would you like your child to be a victim of a homosexual?” to an audience of police officers who all reply no in unison. The trainer is heard advising the policemen and women against the union of same-sex couples, adding that the members of the audience would not have been born had their parents been gay. She also claimed that governments in Sri Lanka have been toppled over their stance on homosexuality. The video came up at the weekly cabinet press briefing [on Aug. 3]. Co-cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, responding to questions, said the matter of LGBTQ rights have come up “over and over again” and has been taken up for discussion.

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