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Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ Equality Stalemate & Victorian Hangovers: Reflections On A Decolonizing Approach To Sexual And Gender Justice

The week of the 16th of January 2017 carried bad news for Sri Lanka’s LGBTIQ community. At the weekly meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, a number of ministers had vehemently opposed the abrogation of Articles 365 and 365A of the Penal Code. This also implies vehement opposition to the inclusion of a constitutional clause on equality to all Sri Lankan citizens, irrespective of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. In other words, this cabinet decision, reached by a cabinet of ministers that describes itself as advocates of ‘yahapalanaya’ (good governance) does not recognize the fundamental rights of Sri Lankan citizens who are not heterosexual in terms of their sexual orientation. Although regulations have been slightly altered with regards to the tedious process of ‘correcting’ the civil service documentation of Transgender citizens, this cabinet decision also amounts to a rejection of Transgender (and indeed other gender-plural) Sri Lankan citizens, as it clearly hints at a reluctance at the highest levels of government to ensure the fundamental rights of citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. In other words, the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and its President, whose election was described as the dawn of an era of good governance, does not recognize non-heterosexual and non-cis-hetero-normative Sri Lankans. Despite the tremendous contributions they make to society home and abroad, the highest levels of government have concluded that LGBTIQ people, due to their sexual orientation and gender identity, as a second, if not third class, pariah category. This writer, for instance, a Sri Lankan citizen and a multilingual Trans woman with a Franco-British education plus an International Politics PhD, is, to go by the cabinet decision… [Read more at Colombo Telegraph).

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[Repost, from @alowijesinghe]. A new generation of queer writers and activists is already active and slaying in Sri Lanka🇱🇰🏳️‍🌈. When the President of Sri Lanka comes on stage at a public rally to engage in a blatantly and shamelessly homophobic rant, Sri Lankan queer people won’t remain silent. This is an excellent example of such resistance, by my dear friend @alowijesinghe It was an absolute honour to help out with edits etc. and I’d highly recommend this piece to anyone interested in SOGIESC advocacy and resistance to cis-heteronormative #politics in the global South, outside the ngo-industrial complex, by deeply committed queer people, especially youth. #alokawijesinghe #lka #coupLK #aiyosirisena #srilanka #srilanka🇱🇰 #queerliberation #lesbian #queerwomen #srilankanqueer #writing #colombotelegraph
Word. #NayyirahWaheed #blackgirlmagic #blackfeminism #poetry
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Commentary on the current political crisis in #SriLanka🇱🇰. Neoliberal politics in the global south are bound to end up in disaster if political agendas are not custom-made to correspond to the specifics of local contexts. Things risk getting worse. The political analysis put aside, I am concerned for my #SriLankan #intersectional #feminist #queer fam 🇱🇰🏳️‍🌈& for all #ethnicminorities. Tough times ahead. #lka #politicalcrisis #politics #womeninpolitics #genderjustice #powergrab #colombotelegraph #queerliberation #miexistiresresistir✊🏾
#istandwithSaakya - a 17 year-old #SriLankan who was subjected to abusive treatment by the principal of her school, the #colombointernationalschool , for bringing a rainbow flag to school. What is all the more worrying is that the principal is à white British cis woman, who still continues to impose her #Victorian values on a Sri Lankan kid, in 2018! #lka #protectqueerkids #srilanka🇱🇰 #srilankaisnext #repeal365 #lka
My book « #Decolonising #Peacebuilding: Managing #Conflict from #NorthernIreland to #SriLanka » is now available to preorder at: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/decolonising-peacebuilding This book faced considerable opposition from many publishers and academics who were angered by its critique of white privilege in the Peace and Conflict Studies academy. Several editors were hell-bent in their efforts to convince me that I should “tone down” the critique. One editor in Turtle Island, a white settler cis woman, went as far as giving me some whitefeminist counsel “the Western academy is a #racist place so you need to know who your allies are. I’m trying to be supportive here”. I told all of them where to go, and tried to develop a critical perspective on how “conflict”, “politics of deeply divided societies” (especially in the global south/s), “peacebuilding” and “lesson-learning” are perceived and understood in the western academy and in Eurocentric political circles. This book is, therefore, an act of resistance against a system that seeks to shut down critical voices that challenge cishetwhite privileges in the western academy. At another level, this book was also penned with the incisive policymaker in the global South/s and the global North in mind. It is also an example of the necessity of ensuring that #QTBiPoC voices are heard and heeded in the academy and very especially in world politics #miexistiresresistir #srilanka🇱🇰 #ireland🍀 #NorthernIreland #Ulster #lka #Decolonize #knowledgeproduction #globalsouth #resist #ivorytower #chamindraweerawardhana #DecolonisingPeacebuilding

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