On Jan 9, 2017 the Daily News reported: Citizens of Sri Lanka are currently facing systematic stigma and discrimination based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI), where authorities often ignore or fuel such abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) individuals.
Consenting adults could face imprisonment for sexual activity, individuals are not protected by law from domestic violence, workplace harassment and unfair job dismissal can go unpunished – the list goes on.
These are just a few of the plethora of problems the LGBTIQ community constantly encounter in Sri Lanka.
Multiple discrimination against LGBTIQ people are often rationalised through Sri Lanka’s Sections 365 and 365A of the Penal Code – ambiguous and archaic British Colonial laws, which are interpreted to criminalise the sexual activity of consensual same-sex adults.
Likewise, Section 399 of the Penal Code sees the ill-treatment transgender individuals are meted through “cheating by impersonation”.