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SRI LANKA - Jun 22, 2003

Sri Lankan gays, lesbians and transgenders are invited to attend their country's first ever Anti-AIDS GLBT charity event, Black & White. Organized by local men and women in association with AIDS Coalition Sri Lanka, the event is scheduled for Thursday, July 3rd, 2003 at Cascades Club, The Colombo Plaza (Lanka Oberoi).

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which is the cause of AIDS, has made inroads into the local population. 465 Sri Lankans were detected as living with HIV during the first organized detection program in 1986. It is estimated that appreciatively 8500 Sri Lankans are infected with HIV at present.

The need to better educate every segment of Sri Lankan society about AIDS prevention was the impetus of the event planners who will donate all proceeds to the AIDS Coalition for Care Education & Support Services which is in need of funds to carry out activities to fight AIDS/HIV in Sri Lanka and raise AIDS/HIV awareness among the younger generation.

The event will include entertainment for the GLBT community including a fantasy fashion show, distribution of condoms, safe lifestyle-oriented information leaflets, and dance beats by local DJs. The dress code will be black and white attire which the organizers have explained as follows: "BLACK is strong, uniform, mystical and shows determination. WHITE stands for purity, is elegant, non-combative, non-political, and makes people look just plain beautiful."

The event kicks off at 8:30pm and advance tickets are available for Rs.500. For more information, please see the Black & White website.


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