In Sri Lanka, the LGBTIQ community – or many segments of that community – has come together last week to stand against the decision of the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to ‘bin’ a provision to ensure equality and justice to all citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The most recent collective action happened to be a press conference held in Colombo, attended by academics, legal experts, and most importantly, LGBTIQ people, with an intersectional representation of trans women, Trans men, cis gay women and men. This press conference, perhaps the first of its kind, included statements made in the local languages and in English, and was represented by LGBTIQ citizens of Sri Lanka who campaign fiercely for equality and justice, who, like this writer, travel with Sri Lankan passports, and have their feet on Sri Lankan soil.
This is of tremendous importance, in a world in which LGBTIQ rights are often deployed by powerful neoliberal Western governments and supranational bodies as a means of coercing governments in the global South, in dubious efforts to promote Western agendas, and in some cases, to topple democratically elected governments and coercively facilitate regime change operations. Similarly, LGBTIQ rights are also deployed as a means of upholding erroneously construed invasive agendas and in some cases, in justifying the oppression of minorities. The case in point of such ‘pinkwashing’ is the State of Israel. The work of organisations such as Al-Qaws, Mosaic and many other individual activists across the Middle East has been absolutely crucial in challenging Zionist pinkwashing as a strategy of continuing the shameless oppression of the Palestinian people.
The Obama administration: pinkwashing as foreign policy?
Yet another case in point of pinkwashing was the Obama administration. The White House website under that administration even had a page entitled ‘President Obama and the LGBT community’. Domestically, it was an extremely laudable approach. Indeed, the Obama presidency took unprecedented measures in promoting LGBTIQ rights in the USA, supporting marriage equality and standing in solidarity with the Transgender community. Towards the latter part of the Obama presidency, very important steps were taken to protect the Trans community from rising hatred, on matter as trivial as using public rest rooms. However, the same administration continued its policy of cooperation with the State of Israel, and despite very subtle and distant commitments to the ‘two-state’ solution, was never prepared to advocate a clear stance on the matter. When the UN decided to take action, this earned the Obama administration’s wrath. Similarly, close relations with extremely anti-LGBTIQ governments such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar continued unhindered. The plight of Palestinian LGBTIQ people, Yemeni LGBTIQ people, Lebanese LGBTIQ people were all of zero interest to the Obama administration when it launched fierce and destructive wars in these countries, with the plain and simply objective of advancing its strategic and natural-resource controller-economic interests.
Exposing the cracks: the Jennicet Guiérrez intervention
These duplicities were also apparent in the domestic sphere. At the 2015 White House Pride reception, Jennicet Gutiérrez, a committed activist especially for the rights of undocumented and incarcerated LGBTQI people of colour (and very especially trans people of colour), interrupted President Obama at the White House Pride reception. President Obama was very irate, and ordered security to escort Jennicet out. She was not invited for the 2016 Pride reception. However, the 2016 reception included a large number of prominent Trans people, all of them doing excellent work, but none of them were of the ilk that strongly provides a ‘voice for the voiceless’ and the marginalised. Jennicet’s case is a fine example of the duplicities inherent in the Obama administration’s neoliberal LGBTQI rights agenda. As it promoted and supported equal marriage, it ignored the plight of many hundreds of thousands of LGBTQI migrants and undocumented people, people held in incarceration under appalling conditions within the prison-industrial complex, and many hundreds of LGB and Trans/Queer people of colour, especially Trans women of colour, who continued to experience poverty, violence and brutal murder. Cases such as that of late Islan Nettles come to mind, and LGBTIQ people of colour represent a demographic who, to a large extent, continued to ‘not’ benefit from the dividends of a neoliberal pro-LGBTIQ policy agenda. Besides, the unsustainability of this policy approach, repeatedly highlighted by people such as Jennicet and many other activists, has been proven crystal-clearly by the elephant in the room – the Trump phenomenon. The Democratic Party hierarchy’s resolve to prevent Senator Sanders from progressing to the presidential candidacy was the strongest proof of its myopic commitment to domestically and internationally destructive neoliberal politics. The low inclination in that political fold to develop a new approach that corresponded to the challenges of the times is what resulted in the most unprecedented rise in neoconservative politics, in the form of Donald Trump and his endorsers.
Pinkwashing as counterproductive to all?
We can therefore conclude with a strong sense of certitude that politics of pinkwashing are thoroughly unhelpful in promoting LGBTQI rights anywhere. This does not imply, however, a non-endorsement of international human rights monitoring mechanisms such as UPR, which are of crucial importance, and which help zoom in on policy lacunae, from compulsory sterilisation for Trans Women in Finland, the continuing restrictions for reproductive justice in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and the continuity of legislation in Sri Lanka’s statute book that condone discrimination against citizens on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Instead, what is highlighted here is the importance of not conflating LGBTQI rights with neo-imperialist agendas of powerful governments and supranational bodies. The debate needs to be nuanced; the struggle is for the securing of fundamental rights, which are often denied to citizens of countries in the global South as a direct result of Western colonisation.
A Commonwealth quagmire: Repealing Victorian Legislation of Yesteryear?
Many member states of the Commonwealth of Nations continue to be under the hammer of Victorian legislation, forcibly imposed upon colonised peoples, as a means of regulating social and cultural lives in all parts of the British Empire. In the Sri Lankan Penal Code, for instance, Articles 365 and 365A involve oppressive laws that discriminate against citizens on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. These are laws that Sri Lankans never requested, and were imposed by force, unilaterally by the British.
Some UK-based LGBTQI rights advocacy bodies are completely oblivious to the reality that their country’s historical legacy of colonization, plunder and oppression is at the heart of violence against LGBTQI people in many parts of the world. Instead of developing a broad dialogue around the fact that anti-LGBTQI legislation across the non-white New Commonwealth is the result of colonial oppression, and assisting LGBTQI organisations that work for Queer Liberation from an anti-colonial and a ‘liberation from all forms of oppression’ perspective, these organisations engage in extremely pathetic politics of patronage, creating and nurturing ‘allies’ in Commonwealth member states who unconditionally stand with their neoliberal agenda. The latter are most often organisations run by Western expats, or people from the global South with Western expat backgrounds, and access to ‘multiple levels of white privilege’ such as a Western passport or being ‘white-passing’.
The colonialist video
Neo-Imperialist attitudes of this nature are a major hindrance to LGBTQI rights advocacy within the Commonwealth of Nations. The ways in which non-governmental bodies such as the Kaleidoscope Trust and organisations such as the Commonwealth Equality Network engage in promoting LGBTQI rights can be summed up in one word – eurocentrism. Last month, the Kaleidoscope Trust released a video that is exemplary of this approach. The video first features a London-based cis gay man, who explains how ‘free’ he is in London, followed by people of colour from several Commonwealth member states in the global South, explaining how difficult things are for them back home. The focus is on the lack of visibility, acceptance and socialising spaces. This video paints London, if not the UK, as the model, and it carries the connotation that the other countries featured in the video are far behind the UK, as backward and detestable places. This creates a politics of (neo-colonial) exclusivism, in which the UK is presented as the model for LGBTIQ rights in the rest of the Commonwealth. Lets’ not forget that it was precisely this approach – the UK’s exclusivism – that used to be robustly deployed to promote British imperialism and the exploitation of colonised peoples. It was precisely an attitude of British exceptionalism that was used when imposing Victorian moralities and laws upon colonised black and brown peoples. Looking at the UK as a norm was therefore the root cause of intolerance towards gender pluralities and non-cis-heteronormativity across what we know today as the ‘Commonwealth of Nations’.
Bragging how good the UK is in terms of LGBTQI rights is simply an immature, ill-advised, childish and strategically poor approach when talking about the Commonwealth. It is an approach that further strengthens the socially conservative anti-LGBTQI lobbies in Commonwealth member states in the global South, who can use this video as proof to further cling to their Victorian hangovers and come up with inanities (which are nonetheless marketable) such as ‘the LGBTQI lobby is trying to infest their countries with gay bars’.
Instead, the most worthwhile approach lies in articulating LGBTQI rights in the form of a strong strategy for Queer Liberation, aligning it with struggles against misogyny and neo-colonial oppressions. An approach of this nature is inherently anticolonial, and prioritises grounding Queer Liberation locally. This prevents the struggles of the LGBTQI community from resembling efforts to ‘impose’ Western values or lifestyles.
There is also a tendency among some LGBTQI community leaders of the neoliberal ilk to interpret coercive Eurocentric calls for LGBTQI equality as ‘international campaigns’. All Out’s recently launched petition campaign calling upon the EU to not to provide Sri Lanka with trade concessions until what they term as ‘homophobic’ legislation is dropped, is a revealing example. They categorically avoid the question of ‘who’ introduced such legislation to Sri Lanka. Secondly, they also ensure that agents of neoliberal LGBTQI lobbying in Sri Lanka support this initiative. Conflating LGBTQI rights with the EU’s trade links with the government of Sri Lanka is extremely myopic and inconsistent, as the EU has no qualms whatsoever in carrying out deals in many sectors with a large number of countries with even worse records of violations of LGBTQI rights. This does not imply an opposition to international solidarity campaigns. Instead, it is a call for such campaigns to be focused on Queer Liberation and not coercion, positively complementing the work of grassroots Queer Liberation activists in a given country.
A global trend?
International LGBTQI activism copies oppressive templates from the cis-heteronormative world of international affairs and aid distribution, which creates hierarchies and dependencies, and a clearly visible ‘white saviour’ complex and to borrow from scholar-activist and poet Nat Raha, an ‘NGO-industrial complex’. Neoliberal LGBTQI lobbies in the EU and North America often condemn violence against LGBTQI people in Islamic republics, but never support a Queer Liberation-oriented, anti-imperialist and anti-fascist organisation such as Al-Qaws. They may express tremendous disappointment over the election of Donald Trump, but would seldom extend their support to the Trans Women of Colour Collective or to the Audre Lorde Project. They may express dismay at the refusal of the present government of Sri Lanka (put in place through a regime change operation supported by the West, and is therefore generally perceived to be a pro-Western and therefore ‘progressive’ government) but never extend support to Sri Lankan LGBTQI organisations that work at the grassroots, led by Sri Lankan citizens who speak and write Sinhala and Tamil, and travel with Sri Lankan passports. Instead, they extend their support to individuals and organisations worldwide that appear to be ‘trustworthy’ to them. In addition, the stringent anti-LGBTQI mindset in many countries in the global South (especially in the African continent) is the direct result of missionary work carried out by misogynist, homophobic, transphobic and outright fascist ministers of religion especially from the USA, who ‘use’ poverty and deprivation in underprivileged communities to promote their agendas of hatred.
Towards a ‘liberating’ global LGBTQI activism?
The bottom line of neoliberal LGBTQI international politics is that in many cases, the West uses LGBTQI rights as a pawn to promote their agendas in selected countries. They do so with the express intention of ensuring that issues of discrimination and oppressive laws remain unhindered. Their objective is not the ‘resolution’ of such issues but their continuity, so that LGBTQI issues can be used as a coercive strategy over a prolonged period. This is why Western funders and supranational bodies seldom support Queer Liberation-oriented grassroots activist and scholar activist groups, as strengthening their hands is bound to lead to the repeal of discriminatory laws, enactment of equality provisions and attitudinal changes. Instead, their support is extended to organisations that unconditionally uphold neoliberal LGBTQI politics, which thrive on the NGO-industrial complex.
As long as such outfits hold sway as the public faces of LGBTQI activism, the future for Queer Liberation looks somewhat bleak, to say the least. On a positive note, the rise of LGBTQI activists inspired by the idea of ‘grounding’ their activism in specific local contexts, speaking and writing local languages, and working towards Queer Liberation one step at a time, offers much hope.
*A Sri Lankan national, Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana (@fremancourt) is a Research Fellow at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, and a board member of Sibéal, the Irish Feminist and Gender Studies Network.
Mohamed / February 17, 2017
Dr. Chamindra Weerawardhana,
With all respects to your interest and views, let me say a few words:
the daily struggle people undergo in terms of financial, social and moral issues. The struggle women have to face just for being women, and the struggle men have to face just for being men. Disappointments and worries a kid has to face on a daily basis just because what its parents can afford…
And we still have people die of diseases just because they can’t afford those cheap Indian medicines, and we still have mothers killing their own kids just because they can’t feed them, and we’re still the country where the majority of the population is still suffering day in and day out.
Though LGBT rights can be seen an important issue in the West where there are no such issues as I mentioned above, I guess for Sri Lankans, it is far too early or too busy stuck in struggles – Probably, had you been in SL, you would be writing on a different subject.
srinath gunaratne / February 17, 2017
Nicely put into the perspective by Mohamed.
Chamindra, People in Sri Lanka mostly thinks transgender people as comedians. I think rather than harping here, You need to bring the message to the common people in SL, Make them understand your plight, scientific truths, Instead of imposing we must make people empathize with you.
kannangara / February 18, 2017
Get hold of a proper source, and read what the hell ‘Queer Liberation’ means. Everything you are saying is interconnected to discrimination and marginalisation, based on gender, social status, economic mobility and oppressive social conservatisms. There’s no such thing as ‘lgbt rights’ in a vacuum. Marginalisation on the basis of gender and sexuality are interconnected to oppression based on ethnicity, religion, economic status and other factors. Aluthgama violence against Muslims, for eg. had a lot to do with patriarchal majoritarianism (the two cannot be separated), the same force that discriminates against people due to their gender and sexuality. the binary world you live in is a social construct, and it’s high time you got out of your rock cave, to see that what is said in this article is linked to social economic and cultural issues facing people in Sri Lanka (and across the world). And by the way there is no hierarchy in equal rights (one group should have priority over another). People enjoying their rights, on the basis of ethnicity, religion, sexuality or gender identity doesn’t take anything away from you or anyone else. Equal rights are not a cake, where A gets a small piece if B gets a bigger piece.
Mohamed / February 18, 2017
Deceiving power of Queer theology is very well displayed in your comment.
While advising me to get out of rock cave, you seem to have been lost in the so-called Queer Liberation to a level that made you interpret my points as discriminative :)
Me, and for other heterogeneous alike, Queer is nothing but a self-serving ideology masqueraded as ‘theology’ to satisfy your own selves, and it is merely a modern version of homosexuality by homosexuals sort of a thing – If you do some research plz.
If my comment offended you; my apologies. I only urged being patient, picking the priorities, being practical and making some sense around.
Fathima / February 18, 2017
LGBT supporters are preaching as if there is solution to every issue of SL lying in homo theories. But they don’t agree how selfish they and their demands are in a country like Sri Lanka.
Imagine our newspapers advertising men wanting to marry other men in matrimonials. Imagine two men or two women kissing each other in parks. And what will happen to our school students then?
Better to follow the current not-so-obvious trend, Gays in pants and shirts, and lesbos in sarees and skirts lol
Atticus / February 17, 2017
Sri Lanka has far more important matters to attend to that LGBT Rights. Over 70 years after independece there are still villages without electricity or runnung water. The Governments own figures show malnutrition and stunted growth amongst the vast majority of the population. Bribery, corruption, racism and nepotism are found in every walk of life. They are so common and have continued for so long that they do not raise many eyebrows. The masses exist on one unhealthy meal a day. And you expect us to be concerned about LGBT Rights?
CT I have changed my name because there are at least two others writing under the name Paul.
justice / February 17, 2017
Transgender persons have unique health and healthcare problems.
The LGBTQI community must be recognised as a distinct part of society in social, legal and healthcare institutions.
Many western countries now celebrate trans genders in annual
justice / February 18, 2017
Trans Gender Surgery is now being done.
Some have had it done.
Ashad / February 17, 2017
IT IS RIDICULOUS TO ASSUME THAT OUR SOCIETY IS READY TO ACCOMMODATE LGBTQI INDIVIDUALS, WHEN THEY CANNOT TOLERATE EVEN TAMILS,MUSLIMS AND MINORITY RELIGIONS. CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES SUPERIOR STATUS TO BUDDHISM, UNLIKE IN CIVILIZED COUNTRIES.
jim softy / February 17, 2017
Why it is because of desires or “rights” of handful of individuals, a majority has to sacrifice what is theirs ?
There are so many in the world that live without what they want. Why LGBTQs are different. Because, they have money and power ?
Goraka / February 17, 2017
Lots of Sri Lankans are finding difficulty feeding their children instead worry about your deviant sexual preferences.
Let the author stay in his country of choice and enjoy his fetish, instead of destroying our culture.
AJ / February 17, 2017
majority’s monks wear sarees and sleep among other men in a dom. So she is asking for equal rights basically
jim softy / February 18, 2017
did anyone ask this guy not to sleep with any number of men she likes to or not to wear womens cloth.
Ask her to respect others cultures too. Sri lanka or India has never banned Gays or Lesbians as those church goers would kill or discriminate gays.
If AJ is gay, if you are sleeping with men, no one came to disturb you as it is your bed room ritual. but, don’t bring it to the raod and become animal like.
AJ / February 18, 2017
I will address your point one by one.
1) Only a stupid person would call another person stupid. Needless to say the readers know who that is.
2)You asked did anybody ask her to dress like women. Well Did anybody ask the Budhists monks to wear saree and dress like women. But the monks do wear sarees and dress like women. Why is it ok for the monks to dress like women and not for her?
3) You asked anybody sleep with other men? How do you know she sleeps around with other men? Did she sleep with you. Because somebody likes to cross dress doesnt mean that they like to sleep with somebody of the same sex. Only an ignorant person like you would think otherwise.
4)Sri Lanka has never banned gays, you allege. Well technically it is banned under the criminal law 365A. Rather than verbal vomit, read the laws of motherland, unless you are traitor to mother land.
5)IF a man sleep with another man in a bedroom in the private place the police can arrest them under penal code 365 A, if neighbors inform the police.
So in essence your logic is just a verbal vomit as usual.
AJ / February 18, 2017
Sri lanka or India has never banned Gays or Lesbians
Here is the news from ColomboPage, confirming homosexuality is illegal in sri lanka. http://www.colombopage.com/archive_17A/Feb18_1487405331CH.php
Mano Ratwatte / February 17, 2017
I am sorry that this is a concern right now. I am for doing away with Victorian White Christian British laws that outlawed certain acts. But if I view this correctly no one is being persecuted for being gay or TG in SL now right? Even Britain has stopped doing this.
As a University teacher (now retired) in the US, I am a late convert to supporting Gay marriage and my stance was influenced and changed by some amazing students I had who are gay or TG. In fact one of my favorite old students finally got married to his partner and they are honeymooning in St. Maarten right now and he keeps Snapchatting amazing images because I was recently in SL and kept showing off stunning beauty of Sri Lanka. Yes I say I am a late convert to equal rights to be happy or unhappy in marriage for gay people but I was positively influenced by my students. They are just the same as heterosexual students. Why should I judge them?
I am sad that majority buddhists are not more tolerant than the Christians on this matter. In the US, our new Vice President Pence is clearly anti Gay marriage and anti LGBTQ anyway. Keshap cannot do what he did previously.
jim softy / February 18, 2017
tolerance towards LGBTQ is different. As soon as you say they got married, you are nuts. why did they marry, to get their asholes get bigger ?
I sympathasize with them. Even then, don’t you think, there is something very wrong with that kind of reasoning ?
Why it is not considered a hormonal imbalance ?, therefore, they are sick.
AJ / February 18, 2017
American Psychological Society has issued us a a circular in 2002 not to treat somebody if somebody wants to be cured of homosexuality. Accordingly I do not treat homosexuality. This is because it is a disorder.
Jim please dont tell me you know more about mental disorders than APA.
AJ / February 18, 2017
Correction : it is because this is NOT a disorder
maalumiris / February 18, 2017
You are a primitive and backward person. We need more of you in Sri Lanka to drag us backwards.
Please bring up your children in the same mold. Then we can be sure to be successful in our march back toward the Victorial Era
Amila / February 18, 2017
Jim softy is right. It is hormonal imbalance and some countries where homo is banned usually give them hormone treatment if they’re caught.
Because jailing them doesn’t make sense, and the cat can’t be on the wall forever too
Monica Bombs / February 18, 2017
One of the prime reasons as to why Buddhism enjoys such a foremost place in our constitution is because of the work of the Buddhist revivalist Anagarika Dharmapala.
His sexual orientation was well known. Had he been alive, he would have given the green light.
Monica Bombs / February 19, 2017
Keshap is the problem. He continues to support English-speaking liberal LGB Trans* activists in Colombo, who cannot rid themselves of their colonial hangover as Chamindra Weerawardhana has rightly pointed out.
The Kaleidoscope Trust’s video reminds me of that 2008 atrocious film titled The Stoning of Soraya M.
Rosanna Caldera (I am sure she will be pissed for not including the Flamer prefix to her surname) appears in that video and claims that there are no gay bars in Sri Lanka. There may be no gay bars for upper class snobs calling themselves Flamer-Caldera, but there are certainly gay bars in Mt. Lavinia where the common “non-Flamer” Calderas can go to.
Mano Ratwatte / February 17, 2017
If you do the in-your-face demonstrations catering to the English speaking elite in Colombo, there is bound to be a backlash in rural SL. So this is a delicate issue. When the US Ambassador posed with the rainbow flag with the Colombo Gay LGBTQ community leaders, he gave official push to this movement in SL based solely on American Obama administration values. Now he will not dare to do this. I felt it was a small vocal either US educated or westernized International school going kids who were militant about this. It cannot become a popular movement to change minds when the subset is so small and based in the Clubs and expensive elite cafes of Colombo. Buddhism does not judge gay or bi people. There are no written edicts in Buddhism but there are in monotheistic Christian faith; but even there adultery is talked more about than gay sex. I am sorry there is a backlash but if you want a grassroots movement you will first have to talk openly about sexuality in SL first. Lots of people are hidden gays married for societal needs and for politics. Others remain hidden or in the elite wealthy community and can come out without fear in places like Colombo 7. But has studies been done outside Colombo and your English speaking class amongst rural Tamils or rural Sinhalese on sexuality? There is a lot of hypocrisy in SL like in Latin America. There is a lot of homosexual activity going on in big schools and they are in denial.
sekara / February 18, 2017
Why Latin America of all places?
Mano Ratwatte / February 18, 2017
The bigger question is has anyone been persecuted or prosecuted for being gay or engaging in private consensual sex with another adult of the same gender? I do not think SL has done that. So if you want to engage a culture to change(as the US did where the younger generation is not opposed to same sex marriage but older people are and there was indeed a backlash at the polls against Obama this time with quiet christians voting enmasse for Trump), then engage in a dialogue about a whole host of things.
A. Backalley abortions because abortion is illegal.
B. Poverty and war leading to women having to resort to prostitution
C. Rapid spread of STDs amongst both hetero and homosexual couples. By the way people think this is only about men but there are women who prefer women too included in this category.
D. Prevent and reduce spread of HIV and other STDs such as Herpes and also bacterial STDs which can be treated
E. Address honestly the fact that there is no open discussion of sexuality or even romance in a culture.
You cannot expect a small group of militant people in Colombo sponsored by the US Embassy etc to go around shouting and carrying rainbow flags to institute change. First, in a love-less society find out how many people marry out of love vs. how many still marry out of familial pressure and arrange their marriages? So if they are in arranged marriages that concept of romance and love does not exist for preference.
These are serious issues but there are issues of hunger, rape, murder, ethnic reconciliation that are more pressing. AS long as people are not harassed by the law enforcement, let people live the life they choose to live or were born to live Gay or Bi or lesbian. We don’t have to play God.
Mano Ratwatte / February 18, 2017
And there are so many men including men in this Cabinet in SL who are married for social appearances because that is what society dictates. Also some are in the spectrum of being bi-sexual with preference for same gender but can procreate and have families too while being secretive about their actual preferences.
Mallaiyuran / February 18, 2017
Differentiation is natural within Human being. When we were at school we used make teams based on village names. Then, latter in the grown up life, that was seen between the village gangs. Soccer gangs form on their teams names. Human being is far away from normal thinking for peaceful living. Education has to go a long way to make man normal and make them to live peacefully.
Theoretically, when the equality questions comes out, the answer is “Everybody is same”. The ideal situation is sung by Bharathi like: “If one man is hungry we will demolish this entire World”. He picked up on the world for letting one go hungry. But racism is practical situation, to few’s benefit. Further, no Titanic decision is possible. When chance is there, liberated one should be ferried out. In time, all should be saved – Bharathi’s dream. In individual rights, it is a balance between who is the most oppressed and what the sustainable resource to keep the fight alive is.
Perfection is not the object of real life. Somebody wrote “If Lincoln suddenly come out his tomb alive, he will be the most white extremist in today’s America’s standard”. But for all of us, he is still a hero. So our focus need not be tied on Obama or Middle East LGBTs. We can put blame on Obama for Middle Eastern LGBT’s abuse. How much we all want to talk about our house problem, MMDA? We know it is now, Saudi Arabia has allowed overweight women do exercise. How do house locked women avoid weight gain? Will Lankawe stop sending women and Halal to Saudi?
Launching war against divisions may not be mixed-up with launching war on imperialism. In North-East all casts vote to TNA. There,Language is the priority before castes.
John / February 18, 2017
Colonial masters introduced the homo… behaviour to Asia.
Justification of homo behaviour is a fine example where science have been misused
Mallaiyuran / February 18, 2017
“Colonial masters introduced the homo” That is only to divert the focus.
One age old Mythology says Mother goddess Umma co-habited with a woman (Menaha?) and gave birth to Ganapathi. 2500 years old Mahabharat brings out Krishna’s history. Then it is said when Krishna’ wives treat each other as him when they miss him.
“Colonial masters introduced the homo” This kind of thinking comes out when somebody hide under Colonial names. They think if the name is Colonial name like John, it is customary to write unreal and injustice. This type thinking was developed by Anagarika Dhratmapalala’s preaching of incest and beastality stories, that is very opposite to Western thinking. Perhaps these preaching might have guided to think that Lankaweyan’s are not normal human human beings.