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11 Jan 2023

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Sri Lanka?

Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Sri Lanka? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality criteria.

Is homosexuality legal in Sri Lanka?

No. Same-sex sexual acts remain criminalised in Sri Lanka.

While a possible penalty of up to ten years in prison could be applied, this law is not currently being actively enforced.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Sri Lanka?

Yes, there are some protections in place. Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality is considered to be prohibited by the country’s constitution.

Is there Marriage Equality in Sri Lanka?

No, there is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is a socially conservative country, and homosexuality is generally seen as a taboo subject.

Homophobia is systemic, and LGBTQ people conceal their sexuality.

While some protections against discrimination are in place, it’s believed that LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination on a day-to-day basis.

Human Rights Watch has recorded a number of incidences of Sri Lankan police harassing and persecuting LGBTQ people.

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