As the LGBT community of Sri Lanka celebrates the annual Pride month in June, in a daring bid to spread the message of diversity and equality, Sri Lankan society continues to be deeply divided over the ideas of gender and sexuality. However, compared to over several decades ago they also accept that many positive changes despite the slow pace have taken place as a quiet revolution continues in the fight for their rights and equality. Bhoomi Harendran, a transgender woman and activist for the LGBT community, despite the many challenges faced has achieved everything she had set out to.
The Sri Lankan Penal Code criminalises homosexuality, stipulating a minimum of 10 years imprisonment for 'unnatural offences':. This measure protects persons from stigmatization and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identities. In Aprilthe Sri Lankan Government, like various other governments, turned down a demand to legalise same-sex marriageadvanced by the British Government as a condition for obtaining aid funds.
The island's legal framework lacks the concept of judicial review, which means that the supreme court cannot create or repeal law - at the most it can refuse to enforce law. Article of the Sri Lankan Penal Code that criminalizes same-sex sexual acts remains on the books, however the law is both de jure and de facto dormant  and has been described as decriminalized. It has also been ruled non-enforceable by the Supreme Court.
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Sri Lanka has been pursuing constitutional reforms since President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in LGBT activists hope the process will yield legal protections that could curb abuses ranging from police harassment to job discrimination. While the island nation has been praised for a progressive policy on gender recognition for transgender people, same-sex sexual acts between consenting adults are still criminalized.
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The credit must go, of course, first and foremost, to the brave petitioners, lawyers, and activists in India who led the fight. The Supreme Court of India has righted a terrible wrong. We hope it will set a precedent for courts in the Commonwealth and beyond that have similar laws facilitating prejudice, discrimination, and abuse against their LGBT communities.
Homosexuality in Sri Lanka consists of males who have homosexual sex with other males on the island-state of Sri Lanka. It also references the history of homosexual sex on the island during its history as Ceylon and as part of various continental kingdoms during pre-colonial times. The sections and A proscribe that any unnatural offences or acts of gross indecency between persons should be punished with "rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than 10 years and not exceeding twenty years with a fine and compensation".
It is only applicable to intercourse between men. This provision is applicable to acts between men and between women. This provision can be used to target transgender persons.
We are fine with respecting local attitudes no hand holding, being somewhat discreet but we'd want to be able to check into hotels and get a double bed, and not be asked loads of intrusive questions the whole time from local guides, taxi drivers etc about how we know each other - there's only so many times we can pretend to be just "chums" or work colleagues before it all gets to be a pain. The country looks beautiful and an area we'd love to explore, but is SR the right holiday destination for us? Homosexuality is forbidden in Sri Lanka.