By Indi Samarajiva –
It is commonly said that Ranil Wickremesinghe is gay, but rarely published. Now that’s starting to bubble up. I saw it on W3 Lanka English, and now on Abyss. Oh, I see where it’s coming from. Ranil’s charge sheet (from his own party) includes allegations of sexual harassment, against men.
The United National Party (UNP) dissidents have alleged that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has attempted to seduce several young male politicians to have homosexual relations with him, according to a ‘charge sheet’ handed over to the party’s general secretary Tissa Attanayake, last week.
Charge number 16 of the document refers to an alleged incident in which the UNP leader had tried to seduce Matara district UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana into ‘an illicit homosexual relationship with him.’ “When the MP had refused to oblige, the UNP leader has resorted to punishing MP Pathirana by suspending his party membership,” the document stated.
“Sexual overtures of the party leader had exposed the party to dire consequences, and parents are reluctant to send their young male children to participate in party activities,” it has been alleged. (Lakbima News
Being gay is totally fine. Even in Sri Lanka you can be gay, as long as you marry a woman. I think this is horrible (girls I know have married gay guys in arranged marriages and it was predictably terrible and short lived). What I mean is that being homosexual is fine even if it’s not accepted by some cultures. Sexual harassment and assault is not fine in any abstraction.
In Sri Lanka it’s also quite possible to be a gay politician, as I wrote in The Leader, “In Sri Lanka sex ‘scandals’ are simply not discussed. Extra-marital affairs, homosexuality, pre-marital rape, these all get brushed under the rug.” Again, homosexuality is not in the same category as rape or affairs, it just placed there culturally.
Matara MP Mangala Samaraweera is everything but out. It was commonly said that CBK’s brother Anura Bandaranaike was gay. This didn’t interfere with either of their careers, as it shouldn’t, though for the wrong reasons here. Nobody is out and gay, and nobody does anything about gay rights. It’s just ignored. People joke about it, but no one really cares. Of course, gay men don’t really have sons or found dynasties like Mahinda.
Is Ranil Gay?
Ranil being gay is something everybody knows but, of course, nobody really knows. I met him once and he was in a swimming pool full of young men, but maybe they were bodyguards. I don’t care. I dislike him cause he loses elections, his sex life is his business.
By making it an issue of harassment, however, these dissident UNPers have made it an issue. If this was a woman I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t get play, but now it is. Do I think that he letched on this MP? Honestly, Ranil comes off as more asexual than homosexual. Maybe he did. Maybe it’s just an attack. I’m pretty sure that Ranil is gay, but I don’t think he’s a perv. But who knows. Ranil’s not out, but the persistent rumors are now in print.
This article is first published in November 2011 – http://indi.ca/