18 Nov Being LGBTQIA+ in Sri Lanka
Being LGBTQIA+ in Sri Lanka means constantly hiding who you are.
It means constantly fearing that the police will accost you and demand sexual favours of you, and beat you and rape you if you refuse. It means we are criminals and perverts in the eyes of society who look upon us with disdain. It means being subjected to name calling, discrimination and violence. We are prevented from accessing employment, healthcare, schooling and other facilities that most people just take for granted. For some of us, using a public toilet becomes a nightmare. Our government has yet to free us from the oppression of a 133-year-old British colonial law.
Sri Lanka criminalizes us but we still walk with pride!