Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today reiterated his pledge to end discrimination over a citizen’s sexual preferences – the first time a Presidential candidate has dared to broach the subject in Sri Lanka.
He first made the promise first when he presented his policy statement at the launch of the JVP-led National Peoples Power (NPP) movement where he said, as the NPP’s presidential candidate, he is determined to create a society where every individual is treated equally, including the those of the LGBTQ community.
The MP made this comment in a tweet on his official twitter account yesterday (25 August).
Previously most mainstream candidates have shunned the subject due its controversial aspects because of Sri Lanka’s traditionally conservative society.
Homosexuality is still illegal in Sri Lanka.