134 CAMPAIGN – Enough is Enough!



134 years of criminalisation!
134 years of marginalisation!
134 years of discrimination and the blatant violations of our rights!

So many ways you can join the campaign!

  1. Sign the PETITION
  2. VIDEOS – because a video speaks volumes
  3. POP-UP EVENTS – A great excuse to meet people, discuss great ideas and change the world
  4. PROMOTIONAL PARAPHERNALIA – care about it? wear it.
  5. TALK ABOUT IT – if you know someone who knows someone who can do something, we want to know that someone

EQUAL GROUND is happy to assist with video-making, pop up events, paraphernalia and so on. We have Stickers and Badges that can be distributed at Pop-ups and discussions.

Our Facebook page can help in creating a platform for discussion -join now. It will also feature videos from folks who are supporting the 134 Campaign and events information (Pop-ups, forums etc).

Be a part of the 134 Campaign!

Individuals belonging to or perceived as belonging to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community in Sri Lanka have been discriminated, marginalized, harassed and persecuted, for over 134 years, by friends, family, law enforcement authorities and Government agencies and society as a whole.

A major factor contributing to the alienation of the LGBTIQ community stems from the criminalisation of LGBTIQpersons under sections 365 and 365A of the Penal Code of Sri Lanka. These laws must be struck down now but the Government of Sri Lanka is not convinced there are enough people in this country that worry about this law or want this law stuck off the books. One way in which we are trying to do this is by getting people to sign the online petition we are launching today, called the 134 Campaign for the number of years the LGBTIQ community has been subject to all kinds of violence and discrimination.

The following is what we emphasise in the campaign on change.org.

134 years of criminalisation!
134 years of marginalisation!
134 years of discrimination and the blatant violation of our rights!

How can we allow a law to continue criminalising people for loving and caring for each other? How is sex between consenting adults a crime? Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code provide for the criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning (LGBTIQ) and even heterosexual persons for engaging in “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and “acts of gross indecency”.
The discrimination and marginalisation of the LGBTIQ community began with the imposition of this law by the British Empire in 1833; 134 years ago. According to historical records, homosexuality was not deemed criminal conduct in Sri Lanka prior to this piece of legislation.

Sri Lanka is signatory to 27 UN treaties and conventions which are based on the inherent dignity and equal right of all human beings. The country has an obligation to adhere to the international human rights standards. Many countries have moved away from marginalizing the LGBTIQ community and moved towards accepting and including the LGBTIQ community and other minorities as equal citizens. The Sri Lankan government however, operates on the premise that Sri Lankan society is homogenous, heterosexual and heteronormative. As a result, it believes that there is no need to change this law because of the silence the LGBTIQ community is forced to maintain.

Will you watch in silence while your fellow citizens are being arbitrarily arrested for looking different, for loving different, for being different? The law actually legitimises this blatant misuse of power vested in the law enforcement authorities and this issue needs to be dragged up from under the carpet where it has been shoved!

The Sri Lankan LGBTIQ community is not asking for more rights than you; the community is asking for the same rights that you enjoy. The right to walk unmolested on the roads; the right to seek redress for violations; the right to proudly embrace who they are; the right to love.

The law as it is traps LGBTIQ persons in the closet. Closets are dark spaces. Bad things happen in dark places. Help let the light in.

Sign, share support and #ChallengeandChange.

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