On June 28th, 1969 the Stonewall Riots kicked of the gay rights movement in the US. In 1970 the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago – today prides are happening all around the world. TQU wants to know who the people are that are organizing todays prides and what the marches mean to them. See all Faces of Pride.
Faces Of Pride:
Rosanna Flamer-Caldera || Colombo Pride
What’s your name and age? My name is Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, I’m 62 years old.
Since when have you been involved with Colombo Pride? I am the founder of Pride in Sri Lanka which is 14 years old.
Why do you think Colombo Pride is important? It is important to mainstream our issues, visialise the LGBTIQ community and give people in Sri Lanka a taste of Queer culture. It goes very far to encourage LGBTIQ persons to come out and feel proud of themselves and also to show Sri Lanka there is a vibrant LGBTI community here.
What is one (or two) remarkable thing(s) that has/have happened at Barbados Pride? This years pride is the largest Colombo PRIDE festival to date. The number of new faces participating gives us hope and enthusiasm to continue our work here in Sri Lanka.
What do you do when you are not organizing Colombo Pride? I am the Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND, the only LGBTIQ organization working for equal rights for all members of the LGBTIQ community here in Sri Lanka.
What do you like to do in your free time? Photography
Is there something you would like to say to the rest of the LGBT+ community? Don’t be complacent, always fight for what you want and never give up the struggle. No matter where you are.