SETTING THE RECORD ‘STRAIGHT’

Much has been said, written and blogged about the LGBTIQ community here in Sri Lanka with even more being said about EQUAL GROUND, its ED, staff and members.  This is our attempt to set the records straight and answer those out there that insist on spreading spurious fabrications about us and the community we work for.

One of the most serious, misleading and false accusations is that all homosexuals are pedophiles.  EQUAL GROUND therefore has been charged with spreading homosexuality and thus in these insane mindsets, responsible for spreading pedophilia in this country.

All homosexuals are pedophiles

A number of researchers have looked at this question to determine if homosexuals are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals, and the data indicates that that’s not the case.

For example, in a 1989 a study led by Kurt Freund of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Canada, scientists showed pictures of children to adult gay and straight males, and measured sexual arousal. Homosexual men reacted no more strongly to pictures of male children than heterosexual men reacted to pictures of female children.

A 1994 study, led by Carole Jenny of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, surveyed 269 cases of children who were sexually molested by adults. In 82% of cases, the alleged offenders were heterosexual partners of a close relative of the child, the researchers reported in the journal of Pediatrics. In only two out of 269 cases, the offender was identified as being gay or lesbian.

“The empirical research does not show that gay or bisexual men are any more likely than heterosexual men to molest children,” wrote Gregory M. Herek, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis, on his website. Herek, who was not involved in the 1989 or 1994 studies, compiled a review of research on the topic.

Homosexuality is an illness

 

Psychology viewed homosexuality in terms of pathological models as a mental illness through the early years and most of the 20th century. Specifically labeled as androphilia; the attraction to masculinity, gynephilia; the attraction to femininity, ambiphilia; the attraction towards both masculinity and femininity. Although these terms are not defined as gender-biased concepts, it was most commonly used in attempt to diagnose homosexuality and bisexuality. These classifications were reasons for much research but no empirical or scientific basis was found to classify homosexuality as a disease or abnormality. This led to professionals in medicine, mental health, and behavioral and social sciences to oppose the then existing assumptions about homosexuality.

Since the 1970s, the consensus of the behavioral and social sciences and the health and mental health professions globally,  is that homosexuality is a normal variation of human sexual orientation, while there remain those who maintain that it is a disorder. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives followed in 1975. Thereafter other major mental health organizations followed and it was finally declassified by the World Health Organization in 1990. Consequently, while some still believe homosexuality is a mental disorder, the current research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality, reflecting the official positions of the World Health Organisation, American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association.

 

Homosexuality is unnatural

 

This is such a common sentiment here and in fact, is still listed in the Sri Lanka Penal Code which refers to Carnal intercourse against the order of nature.  Time’s Health and Family magazine debunks this theory in an article that asserts; it’s (homosexuality) a common trait, found in up to 10% of the population. It appears to run in families, suggesting that it is hereditary, at least in part

 

The article says that while homosexuality may not be written in our DNA sequence it is written in how our genes are expressed.  In other words, in certain modifications to how and when DNA is activated.  These changes can have environmental roots, so are not normally permanent enough to be passed from parent to child.  But occasionally, they are.”

Sergey Gavrilets, a NIMBioS researcher and an author on the paper that outlines the new theory of homosexuality, published in The Quarterly Review of Biology says: “It’s not genetics. It’s not DNA. It’s not pieces of DNA. It’s epigenetics.”  Specifically, the new theory advocates that homosexuality is due to epigenetic marks, or “epi-marks” which relates to the sensitivity to hormones in a mother’s womb.  Gavrilets and his colleagues believe that gene expression may regulate how a fetus responds to testosterone, the all-important male sex hormone. They further argue that epi-marks may help to buffer a female fetus from high levels of testosterone by suppressing receptors that respond to testosterone, for example, (thus ensuring normal fetal development even in the presence of a lot of testosterone) or to buffer a male fetus from low levels of testosterone by up-regulating receptors that bind to the hormone (ensuring normal fetal development even in the absence of high levels of testosterone). Normally, these epi-marks are erased after they are activated, but if those marks are passed down to the next generation, the same epi-marks that protected a man in utero may cause oversensitivity to testosterone among his daughters, and the epi-marks that protected a woman in utero may lead to under-sensitivity to testosterone among her sons.(Read the full article at: http://healthland.time.com/2012/12/13/new-insight-into-the-epigenetic-roots-of-homosexuality/)

Homosexuality has been scientifically documented in more than 450 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and other animals across the planet - BIOLOGICAL EXUBERANCE, Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce Bagemihl.  In fact some say that there are over 1500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and other animals display homosexual tendencies. 

Rather scientific, yes!  Hard to understand, maybe!  But scientific data does not lie and, as more and more data becomes available, it will prove undoubtedly what LGBTIQ activists and others have been saying for decades (and that which Lady Gaga so beautifully sang ) – “Born this way.”

Sad that we have to emphasize this but we must due to the many falsehoods being spread about EQUAL GROUND and its work. EQUAL GROUND is a professional nonprofit organization seeking equal rights for the LGBTIQ community of Sri Lanka. We are not pedophiles, we are not carnal perverts, we are not a match making service, we do not provide advice on sexual acts and we are not a house of prostitution!

 

LOGO FOR PRIDE!

Your design maybe the next proud logo for Colombo PRIDE 2013. 

Calling all designers young and old, gay or straight – design the next logo for Colombo Pride 2013 and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes!  In addition, the winning design will be featured in all Colombo PRIDE 2013 publicity, including media adverts and articles, on tickets, posters, banners, and will be featured prominently on our website, blog and social media sites.  The winner will be interviewed for Rainbow News and Youtube (only if the winner is agreeable!).

Annual PRIDE celebrations – an important event in the Sri Lankan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning community’s (LGBTIQ) calendar – have been held for the past 8 years in Colombo and its suburbs. Colombo PRIDE affords the LGBTIQ community of Sri Lanka the time and space to stand proud and tall and join with each other to truly celebrate diversity!  Colombo PRIDE is not just a celebration for the LGBTIQ community only.  Colombo PRIDE urges and encourages everyone and anyone to participate in the festivities and celebrate Diversity in a very special way!  Diversity is the nucleus of this country and we should all get together and join hands in making every single citizen of this country – whether gay or straight, male or female, Sinhala, Tamil, Burgher or Muslim – feel proud to be SRI LANKAN!

Competition details:

  • Your logo must be a dynamic representation of the Diversity of the Sri Lankan LGBTIQ community and LGBT Pride.
  • You cannot (obviously) duplicate any other organization’s logo, or any other Pride celebration logo!  We want something original, dynamic, colorful and hip!
  • You must be Sri Lankan and live in Sri Lanka to be eligible.
  • You can send in as many as 3 entries each.
  • Your entries must be submitted in 300dpi (and above) TIFF and JPEG images by email to: colombopride2013@gmail.com.
  • Each entry must have your name, email address and phone number and must be sent individually.
  • The decision of the judges consisting of members of the Colombo PRIDE 2013 subcommittee and the EQUAL GROUND Board of Trustees is final.
  • All logos once submitted will be the property of Colombo PRIDE and EQUAL GROUND (the convener of Colombo Pride).

A CASH PRIZE OF RS.10,000 PLUS 5 FREE TICKETS TO NEXT YEAR’S (2013) ROCKING RAINBOW PRIDE PARTY WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNING ENTRY. 

Entries must reach us by 5pm (Sri Lanka standard time) on December 31st 2012.

Happy designing!

To view details of the organisation and its work – please go to http://www.equal-ground.org

இளைஞர்கள், வயதானவர்கள், ஓர் பாலின சேர்க்கையாளர்கள், எதிர் பாலின சேர்க்கையாளர்கள் – அனைத்து வடிவமைப்பாளர்களுக்குமான அழைப்பு!

கொழும்பு பிரய்ட் 2013 இற்கான அடுத்த பெருமை மிக்கஇலச்சினையை வடிவமைத்து, அற்புதமான பரிசுப் பொருட்களை வெல்லும் வாய்ப்பை பெற்றுக் கொள்ளுங்கள்.மேலும் வெற்றி பெரும் இலச்சினை ஊடக விளம்பரங்கள், கட்டுரைகள், நுழைவுச்சீட்டுக்கள், சுவரொட்டிகள்,விளம்பரப் பலகைகள் உட்பட, கொழும்பு பிரய்ட் 2013 இன் அனைத்து விதமான விளம்பரப்படுத்தல்களிலும்இடம்பெறும். முக்கியமாக எமது இனணயத்தளம், வலைப்பதிவு, மற்றும் சமூக ஊடகத் தளங்களிலும்காட்சிப்படுத்தப்படும். வெற்றியாளருடனான நேர்காணல் வானவில் செய்திகள் மற்றும் யூ டியூப் போன்றவற்றில் வெளியிடப்படும் (வெற்றியாளரின் சம்மதத்துடன் மட்டும்!).

வருடாந்த பிரய்ட் கொண்டாட்டம் – இலங்கையின் ஓர் பாலின சேர்க்கையாளர்கள் (Lesbian, Gay), இரு பாலினசேர்க்கையாளர்கள் (Bisexual), மாற்றுப் பால்நிலையினர் (Transgender), இருபால் அங்க உடலினர்(Intersex) மற்றும் தமது பாலியல் நாட்டம் பற்றி தெளிவற்ற சமூகத்தினரின் (Questioning Community) – LGBTIQநாட்காட்டியில் ஒரு முக்கியமான நாள். இது கடந்த 08 வருடங்களாக கொழும்பு மற்றும் புறநகர்களில் இடம்பெற்று வருகின்றது. கொழும்பு பிரய்ட், இலங்கையின் LGBTIQ சமூகத்தினர் பெருமையுடன் ஒருவருடன் ஒருவர் இணைந்து, உண்மையாக பல்வகைமையை கொண்டாடுவதற்கான நேரத்தையும், இடத்தையும் வழங்கிவசதி அளிக்கின்றது! கொழும்பு பிரய்ட் LGBTIQ சமூகத்தினருக்கு மட்டுமான கொண்டாட்டம் அல்ல. கொழும்புபிரய்ட் அனைவரையும் மட்டும் அன்றி, எவரையும் எமது கொண்டாட்டங்களில் பங்குபற்றி பல்வகைமையைவிசேடமான முறையில் கொண்டாடுமாறு வலியுறுத்துகிறது, ஊக்குவிக்கிறது! இந்நாட்டின் கருப்பொருள் பல்வகைமை. ஆகவே, நாம் எல்லோரும் ஒன்றிணைந்து, கைகோர்த்து இந்நாட்டின் ஒவ்வொரு பிரஜையையும் உருவாக்க வேண்டும் – ஓர்பாலின சேர்க்கையாளர்களாக இருக்கலாம் அல்லது எதிர்ப்பாலின சேர்க்கையாளர்களாக இருக்கலாம். ஆணாக இருக்கலாம் அல்லது பெண்ணாக இருக்கலாம். சிங்கள, தமிழ், பர்கர் அல்லது முஸ்லீமாக இருக்கலாம் – நாம் எவராக இருப்பினும் இலங்கை நாட்டவராக இருப்பதை எண்ணிப் பெருமைப்படுவோம்!

போட்டி விபரங்கள்:

• உங்கள் இலச்சினை, இலங்கையின் LGBTIQ சமூகத்தினது பல்வகைமையையும், LGBT இன் பெருமையையும், சக்தி வாய்ந்த முறையில் பிரதிநிதித்துவப்படுத்த வேண்டும்.

• நீங்கள், இன்னும் ஒரு நிறுவனத்தின் அல்லது வேறு பிரய்ட் கொண்டாட்ட இலச்சினையை போன்ற ஒன்றை வடிவமைக்கக் கூடாது! ஆக்கபூர்வமான, முனைப்பான, கவர்ச்சியான மூலப்பிரதியே எமக்கு வேண்டும்!

• நீங்கள் இலங்கை நாட்டவராகவும், இலங்கையில் வசிப்பவராகவும் இருக்க வேண்டும்.

• நீங்கள் ஆகக்கூடியது 03 ஆக்கங்களை அனுப்ப முடியும்.

• உங்கள் ஆக்கங்கள் 300dpi, TIFF மற்றும் JPEG படமாக, மின்னஞ்சல் ஊடாகcolombopride2013@gmail.com என்ற முகவரிக்கு அனுப்பி வைக்கப்பட வேண்டும்.

• ஒவ்வொரு ஆக்கங்களும் உங்கள் பெயர், மின்னஞ்சல் முகவரி மற்றும் தொலைபேசி இலக்கம் என்பவற்றை கொண்டிருக்க வேண்டிய அதே நேரம், அவை தனித்தனியாக அனுப்பப்பட வேண்டும்.

• கொழும்பு பிரய்ட் 2013 இன் உபசெயற்குழு மற்றும் ஈகுவல் கிரவுன்ட் (EQUAL GROUND)அங்கத்தவர்களை உள்ளடக்கிய நடுவர்களின் தீர்மானமே இறுதியானது.

• சமர்ப்பிக்கப்பட்ட அனைத்து இலச்சினைகளும் கொழும்பு பிரய்ட் மற்றும் ஈகுவல் கிரவுன்டின் (EQUAL GROUND – கொழும்பு பிரய்டின் அவைகூட்டுநர்) உடைமை ஆகும்.

வெற்றியாளருக்கு 10,000/= ரூபாய் பணப்பரிசுடன் அடுத்த வருட (2013) களியாட்டங்கள் மிக்க ரெயின்போ பிரய்ட் (Rainbow Pride) கொண்டாட்டத்திற்கான 05 நுழைவுச்சீட்டுக்களும் பரிசாக வழங்கப்படும்.

உங்கள் ஆக்கங்கள் 2012 டிசம்பர் 31 ஆம் திகதி, மாலை 5 மணிக்கு (இலங்கை நேரம்) முன்னதாக எமக்கு அனுப்பி வைக்கப்பட வேண்டும்.

சந்தோஷமாக வடிவமைக்க எமது வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

எமது நிறுவனம் மற்றும் அதன் பணிகள் பற்றி மேலும் விபரங்களை அறிந்துகொள்ள ABOUT US என்ற பொத்தானை அழுத்துங்கள்.

2013 වසරේ කොළඔ අභිමානී සැමරුමේ නිළ ලාංඡනය සඳහා නිර්මාණ ඉදිරිපත් කර අගනා තත්‍යාග දිනාගන්න. මේ සඳහා කිසිඳු වයස් භේදයකින් හා ලිංගික නැමියා භේදයකින් තොරව සැමටම නිර්මාණ ඉදිරිපත් කළ හැකි අතර ජයග‍්‍රාහී නිර්මාණය 2013 වසරේ කොළඔ අභිමානී සැමරුමි නිල ලාංඡනය ලෙස යොදාගනු ලැබේ. එලෙසම ජයග‍්‍රාහී නිර්මාණය සියළුම මාධධ්‍යයන් වල( ටිකට්පත් වල, පෝස්ටර් හා අනෙකුත් අභිමානී සැමරුම් ප‍්පපචාරය වන අතර ජයග‍්‍රාහී පුද්ගලයාගේ කැමැත්ත මත යූ ටියුබ් ජාලය වෙත ඔහුගේ හෝ ඇයගේ සම්මුඛ සාකච්චාවක්ද කෙරෙනු ඇත.

වසර 8ක කාලයක් පුරා අභිමානී සැමරුම ශ‍ලංකා සමසෙනෙහස් ප‍පජාව හා සංක‍්‍රාන්තික ලිංගික ප‍පජාවගේ දින දර්ශනයේ විශේෂ තැනක් ගනු ලබන්නේ එහි වචනයේ පරිසමාප්ත අර්ථයෙන්ම ඔවුන්ට විවිධත්වය සැමරීම සඳහා වන එකම තෝතැන්න වීම එහි විශේෂත්වය නිසාමය. කොළඔ අභිමානය තම විවිධත්වය සැමරීමට සැමට දිරිදෙන අතර ඕනෑම කෙනෙකුට මෙ සඳහා එක්විය හැක.එලෙසම කොළඔ අභිමානී සැමරුම සමසෙනෙහස් ප‍පජාව සඳහාම වෙන් වූ සැමරුමක් පමණක් නොවේ, ලංකාවේ වෙසෙන සෑම පුද්ගලයෙකුගේම තම විවිධත්වය කුමක් වුවත් ශ‍ලාංකිකයකු වීමෙ ප්‍රෞඩත්වය සැමරීම සඳහාමය.

තරඟ විස්තර

නිල ලාංඡනය කොළඔ අභිමානී හා විවිධත්වය නියෝජනය විය යුතුයි.

වෙනත් සංවිධානයක හා අන්තර්ජාලයෙන් උපුටා ගන්නා ලද ලාංඡනයන් ඉදිරිපත් කළ නොහැක.

ඔබ ශ‍ලාංකිකයකු විය යුතු අතර ශ‍ ලංකාවේ පදිංච් කරුවෙකු විය යුතුය.

එලෙසම මේ සඳහා එක් පුද්ගලයෙකුට නිර්මාණ 3 බැඟින් එවිය හැක.

ඔබේ නිර්මාණ 300 dpi TIFFත්‍ හෝ JPG ආකාරයට සකසා colombopride2013@gmail.com විද්‍යුත් තැපෑලට යොමුකළ යුතුය.

සෑම නිර්මාණයක් සමඟම ඔබේ නම, විද්‍යුත් තැපෑල් ලිපිනය සහ ජංගම දුරකථන අංකය සඳහන් කළයුතුය.

අප ආයතනයේ භාරකාර මණ්ඩලයේ තීරණය තරඟාවලියේ අවසාන තීරණය වේ.

නිර්මාණ එවා අවසන් වූ පසු එම නිර්මාණ අප ආයතනය සතු දේපලක් වේ.

ජයග‍්‍රාහී නිර්මාණය සඳහා මුදලින් රු.10,000 තත්‍යාගයක් හා ලබන වසරේ පැවැත්වෙන වර්ණවත දේදුනු සාදයේ ටිකට්පත් 5 ක්ද පිරිනමනු ලැබේ.

සියලුම නිර්මාණ දෙසැම්බර් මස 31 වෙනි දින සවස 5.00 ට පෙර එවිය යුතුය.

16 Days of activism

16 days of Activism marks the global campaign committed to ending Gender Based Violence. For 16 days this campaign will work towards eliminating violence and abuse against women world-wide.

EQUAL GROUND dedicates the 25th of November to the 10th of December to all Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender women who have been victims of violence, abuse and injustice.
According to much research, LBT Women  are doubly victimized- Firstly, for been women and secondly for belonging to the LGBTIQ Community.

Through this page we hope to empower these women & spread awareness on relevant issues that LBT Women face in their day-to-daylives.
We urge YOU to join us in our efforts to step up & take action to empower and strengthen the lives of ALL Sri Lankan women.

Like us on Facebook, send us your messages of solidarity and record your stories (you need not use your real name) of violence and discrimination with us…we can help you make a difference for all of us by posting your stories! Send us your stories ateg.16days@gmail.com

ගෝලීය වශයෙන් පවත්වනු ලබන කාන්තතාවන්ට සිදුවන ප‍්‍රචන්ඩත්වයට එරෙහි දින 16 කි‍්‍රයාදාමය

ලොව වසන සෑම කාන්තාවක්ටම සිදුවන හිංසනයන්ටඑරෙහි හඩගසයි.

නොවැම්බර් 25 වෙනිදා සිට දොසැම්බර් 10 වෙනිදා දක්වා සමසෙනෙහස් ද්වි සෙනෙහස් සංක‍්‍රාන්ති

ලිංගික කාන්තාවන් වෙනුවෙන් වෙන්කරනු ලබන අතරඔවුන්ගේ ජිවිත නගා සිටුවන්නට ක‍්‍රියා කරයි.

ඔබගේ කථාවන් අදහස් හා හිංසනයන්/ප‍්‍රචන්ඩත්වයන්ට එරෙහි ඔබෙ පණිවිඩය අප වෙත එවා

හිංසනයන්ට එරෙහි හඩනගන්නට අප හා එක්වන්න. eg.16days@gmail.com

உலகத்தில வாசிக்கும் அனைத்துப் பெண்கள் பாதிக்கப்படும் வந்முரைஹளுக்க

எதிராக இந்த 16 நாட்களின்நடவடிக்கை உலக முழுதாக குரல் எழுப்பும்.

ஈக்வல் கிரவுண்ட் இம் மாதம் 25 திக்கத்தில் இருந்து டிசம்பர் 10 திகதி

வரை ஒர்பாலின , ஈர்பாலின மற்றும்அரவாணிகள் முகம் குடுக்கும்

வன்முறைகளுக்கு எதிராக குரல் எழுப்புவதற்கு தயாராக இருக்கிறது.
நாங்கள் நம்ளுடன் சேர்ந்து இவ்வகையான வன்முறைகளுக்கு எதிராக

குரல் எழுப்புதட்கு உங்களைதுரிதப்படுத்துகின்றோம்.
இந்த வன்முறைகள் சம்பந்தமாக தங்களின் கதைகள், கருத்துக்கள்

நம்ளிடன் அனுப்பி தங்களின் இதயத்தில்ஒர்பாலின , ஈர்பாலின மற்றும்

மீது இருக்கும் ஆதரவு தேர்வுக்க வேண்டும் என்று அன்புடன்

அழைக்கின்றோம் eg.16days@gmail.com

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBERANCE

 

 

EQUAL GROUND launches Facebook page in support of transgenders in Sri Lanka in commemoration of Transgender Day Of Remembrance 2012. We not only support transgender people and their decision to see their true selves, we also believe in the true human dignity of all transgender people. Please join us in supporting our Sri Lankan transgender community by posting your messages of support on Facebook.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Transgender-Day-of-Remembrance/560229504002981?sk=info


සංක්‍රාන්තික ලිංගික ප්‍රජාවගේ සැමරුම් දිනය නිමිත්තෙන් ඊක්වල් ග්‍රවුන්ඩ් සංවිධානය නව ෆේස් බුක් පිටුවක් එළිදක්වනු ලබයි.  අප අපගේ සහයෝගය පමණක් නොවේ සබැ මනුෂ්‍ය ජීවිතයකට දිය යුතු ගෞරවයත් අපි ඔවුනට පුදකර සිටින්නෙමු.   ශ්‍රී ලාංකික  සංක්‍රාන්තික ප්‍රජාව වෙනුවෙන් ඔබගේ පණිවිඩය අප වෙත එවා ඔබගේ සහයෝගය දක්වන්න  

ஈக்வல் க்ரவுண்ட் , திருனர்களின் நினைவு நாள் கொண்டடுவதட்கும் அவங்களுக்கு ஆதரவு செளித்தரத்துக்கும்  புது பக்கம் திருனர்கல்காகவே தொடங்கிறது . நாங்கள் திருனர்களுக்கு  நம் ஆதரவு மற்றும் அல்ல மனித உயிர்களுக்கு செலுத்தவேண்டிய கௌரவமும் தெரிவிக்கின்றோம். தயவுசெய்து  தங்களின் கருத்துகலை நம்மளுடன் பகிர்ந்துக்கொண்டு   திருனர்கள்மீது தங்கள் இதயத்தில் உள்ள அன்பு தெரிவிக்க வேண்டும் என்று கேட்டுக்கொல்கில்றோம்
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Sydney to host gay rugby World Cup

SYDNEY will host the next gay rugby World Cup after successfully winning the bid to bring the tournament down under.

Founded in 2002 to highlight the problem of homophobia in sport, the Bingham Cup is one of the world’s largest non-professional rugby tournaments will be the largest sporting event to be held in Sydney since the 2002 Gay Games.

Sydney will be the seventh city to play host to the Cup in 2014.

Bingham 2014 Sydney Bid Committee President Andrew Purchas said the tournament was introduced to curb the bullying and slurs directed to homosexuals in sport.

“The tournament will shine a national spotlight on homophobia in sport, which is still endemic to many of our country’s sporting fields and experienced by young gay athletes,” he said.

“Terms such as gay fag and homo if used to insult, have no place on the sports field, in the play ground, or the work place.”

 

The Bingham Cup was named after the gay man who helped wrestle flight UA 93 from terrorists during the September 11 attacks in the United States in 2001.

Former Wallabies captain John Eales said the event was more than just a rugby tournament.

“Regardless of the football code you would like to play, sexuality should be irrelevant consideration,” he said.

“Unfortunately this is not a reality and there is still work to be done to eliminate negative stereotypes and homophobia in sport.”

Australia is home to the world’s most successful gay rugby union team, The Sydney Convicts. Prime Minister Julia Gillard was also in favour of the Cup coming to Sydney, supporting the Convicts bid to host the games last month.

“Australia is a sports-loving nation which also has an abiding commitment to diversity and mutual respect,” she said at the time.

“In recent years, Sydney has hosted the gay games, the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup with a remarkable spirit of openness and celebration.

“I know that Bingham Cup participants would receive the same warm and generous welcome.”

Interstate teams The Melbourne Chargers Rugby Football Club and Brisbane Hustlers Rugby Football Club have also welcomed the announcement of the win. They will assist in hosting and also compete in the tournament.

The direct economic benefit of the win has been calculated to be worth in excess of over $4million.Image

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Celluloid Rainbows for COLOMBO PRIDE 2012 – short film competition!

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