Sri Lanka


In 2004, EQUAL GROUND was founded as a courageous new champion for LGBTIQ rights in Sri Lanka, becoming the first-ever organization in the country to advocate for the decriminalization of same-sex relationships and equal rights and safe spaces for LGBTIQ people—particularly LBT women. Today, their trailblazing advocacy work continues with a focus on advocacy on such diverse issues as gender-based violence, forced marriage, and economic discrimination. All of it is rooted in evidence-based research and deep listening among communities sharing their own lived experiences. EQUAL GROUND is also expanding access among LGBTIQ individuals to legal services, psychosocial support, and economic and skill development opportunities. As a committed movement builder, they are also bridging divides, nurturing new networks among emerging and rural LGBTIQ rights groups spanning the country’s diverse ethno-religious communities.


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