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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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My latest: ‘Serena to Tharjini: The battle for gender justice in sport’, in the #ColomboTelegraph this morning (Sunday 16th September 2018). The spectacular victory of the #SriLankan #Netball Team at the 2018 Asian Championships, is a feat that demonstrates the power of women in sport in Sri Lanka, who face high levels of systemic discrimination, due to ways in which women in sport are perceived in a highly cis-hetero-patirarchal system. This article discusses some aspects of challenges facing women in sport, highlighting comparative perspectives [especially the racist and misogynist treatment of Serena Williams at the 2018 #USOpen] and the importance of taking stock of #intersectional oppressions that hinder the emergence, success, access to facilities and recognition of women in sport. #lka #WomenInSport #PowerWomen #Sheroes #TharjiniSivalingam #ChathurangiJayasuriya #SusanthikaJayasinghe #SerenaWilliams #SystemicDiscrimination #DismantlethePatriarchy #globalChallenges Image credits: ©Straits Times & bakamoono.lk. Link to the article: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/serena-to-tharjini-the-battle-for-gender-justice-in-sport/
#SriLankaIsNext The #Indian #SupremeCourt has issued a landmark judgement on Section 377 in the Indian #penalcode. This is an achievement not of NGO industrial work, but of tireless grassroots activism by hundreds of thousands of people. To us in #srilanka🇱🇰, this momentum is a tremendous occasion to reinforce our campaigns towards repealing #article365 of the#SriLankan Penal Code. Click here to read a #ColomboTelegraph report: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/india-says-yes-to-love/ #lovewins #yesequality #sogiesc #Lka #SriLankan #lgbtqi #repeal365 #repeal365a #movementbuilding #southasia #genderjustice #colombo #queersrilanka
The #Belfast blaze. A building originally built in 1785, right in the middle of the city centre, that housed Primark. This morning’s remains of this iconic building, if anything, is living proof of the principle of impermanence, which at the end of the day, is the central essence of all life and all things material. #belfast #bankbuildings #anithya #ni #ireland #augustmorning
It was so lovely to see My Queen, the one and only @willettafleming tonight. Willetta is an amazing poet, visionary and role model. Tonight showed the power of black women leading the way, and black queens coming together. I was humbly privileged to be part of the #CircleBack poetry night. #Queen #BlackGirlMagic #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLove #willettafleming #Belfast #lka #WoC #QTBiPoC #BlackBelfast #Ireland
It was such a pleasure to be part of this fantastic event #blackgirlmagic #blacklove #blacklivesmatter #WillettaFleming Chapeau to @willettafleming for her excellent organising. #poetry #belfast #northernireland
#Palestine solidarity lunch with my girls. This is what I like about #feileanphobail #feile2018 there’s a really genuine sense of solidarity here, and despite the gap between the lived experience of the Troubles in #Ireland and the hugely destructive magnitude of the plight of the #Palestinian people, there is a sense of understanding. #solidarity, in the times we live in, is extremely important and vital for our collective survival. #belfast #feile #ireland #palestine #pride #queer #pride2018 #feile2018 #lka #westBelfast #belfast #peacebuilding #fightAgainstInjustice #JusticeForPalestine

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