An island wide survey conducted by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy showed that 65% of Sri Lankans across all districts supported changing the Constitution to expressly guarantee the rights of the LGBT+ community.

Nearly two thirds of Sri Lankans supported the idea of Constitutional change to expressly prohibit discrimination against the LGBT+ community and guarantee their right to equality.

Many Sri Lankans acknowledged that LGBT+ people suffered from discrimination in employment, healthcare, housing and accessing public services. They were also aware of the general harassment the community faces from the police and authorities.

The support for Constitutional protection of the LGBT+ community from the Sri Lankan population comes as Parliament will soon decide on decriminalising the lives of LGBT+ people.

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court issued an unprecedented decision on Tuesday affirming the right to dignity and equality of LGBT+ people and the urgent need to change laws that are used to target and harass them.


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