AN APPEAL FOR COLOMBO PRIDE 2009

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Dear Friends,

We have pleasure in presenting the 5th COLOMBO PRIDE festival which will run from 28th June till 5th July 2009. COLOMBO PRIDE began quite modestly with a PRIDE party in 2005. At the time no one thought the event would take off the way it has. Catering only for a maximum of 100 persons COLOMBO PRIDE 2005 surprised all by surpassing the 100 mark with an attendance of over 325 persons. Riding on the crest of this success. COLOMBO PRIDE 2006 saw the launch of a weeklong celebration featuring events such as MotherSon, a one man play by Jeff Solomon, a LGBT Film Marathon, Kite festival, Party and theatre workshops which attracted even bigger crowds than 2005. 2007 and 2008 were even more successful than in the past with over 2000 persons attending PRIDE celebrations last year! As always, COLOMBO PRIDE offers a safe space for people to be themselves and celebrate their sexuality with PRIDE with other like minded persons.

Each year, Colombo PRIDE debuts a new and innovative event to launch COLOMBO PRIDE week. Last year’s Drag Show “I have a Dream” and the LGBT Photo and Art Exhibition took Colombo by storm! Both events were very well attended and went further to mainstream LGBT issues than before. This year RAINBOW RUNWAY will launch COLOMBO PRIDE 2009. This will be the first ever queer fashion show in Asia. Its purpose is to provide an inclusive and accessible opportunity for up and coming fashion designers to showcase their creativity with a focus on LGBT fashions. Each designer will present a selection of clothes, accessories and shoes created with the queer community in mind.

As with COLOMBO PRIDE in the past, the weeklong festival will include RAINBOW VISIONS (the LGBT Photo and Art Exhibition), CELLULOID RAINBOWS (the LGBT Film Festival), the Rainbow PRIDE Party and the Rainbow Kite Festival on the beach. This year’s Film Festival will be dedicated to Harvey Milk, “the mayor of Castro Street”. As in the past, we appeal to you for your donations to assist us with the expenses of putting on these 5 events for the LGBT community here in Sri Lanka. Most of our events are totally free of charge to enable all members of the community to attend. Ticket prices for both RAINBOW RUNWAY and the RAINBOW PRIDE Party are at a nominal Rs.1,000 (US$8.40) to offset some of the costs we will incur for these events.

Due to the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, this year we are launching COLOMBO PRIDE with a charity event. All proceeds from RAINBOW RUNWAY will be donated to ACT (http://www.actlanka.org) for the relief and rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons in the North of Sri Lanka. We are particularly welcoming International Sponsors for all COLOMBO PRIDE 2009 events.

Your donation to COLOMBO PRIDE 2009 will be greatly appreciated. Cheques and wire transfers in any currency are preferred. Please get in touch with equalground@gmail.com for bank details and mailing address.

For US donors: Please make your tax deductible cheques payable to the Tides Foundation – India Fund. On the memo line you should write EQUAL GROUND.

Mail it to:

Paul Knox501 West 123rd Street, #19H New York, NY 10027  USA.

We thank you for your kind consideration and invite you to be a part of our celebration!!!!

EQUAL GROUND & COLOMBO PRIDE Organising Committee

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