Research Publications

Struggling against Homophobic Violence and Hate Crimes
A report on the documentation and research conducted by EQUAL GROUND from April 2010-June 2011 on violence against LB women in the rural areas
Strengthening of Legal Protection for LGBT in Sri Lanka: road to decriminalization
Situation Analysis of the laws affecting LGBTIQ persons in Sri Lanka
The LGBT Stigma and Discrimination Index of Sri Lanka
Tracking the Stigma and Discrimination faced by LGBTIQ persons in Sri Lanka
Analyzing the Culture of Transphobia
Tracking real life issues faced by Transgender persons in Sri Lanka
Mapping LGBT in Colombo, Kandy, Matara and Nuwara Eliya
A pilot study to ascertain the percentage of LGBT persons prevalent in these areas
Mapping LGBT in Colombo, Kandy, Matara and Nuwara Eliya
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ) population in Sri Lanka are subject to legal, political and social restraints. EQUAL GROUND believes that mapping LGBTIQ identities anonymously across Sri Lanka would be an effective, safe and nonintrusive method to shed light on the hidden LGBTIQ community and their issues in Sri Lanka.
A Study on Workplace Discrimination
This study is an exploratory research to ascertain the plight of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ) employees in Sri Lanka, from the perspectives of employed LGBTIQ persons, as well as organisational management.
Policy Brief
This policy brief analyses education and employment policies in Sri Lanka and how they affect the LGBTIQ community in this country.
Policy Brief
Despite the protection that the employees receive through our domestic labour laws, or the existing recommendations and conventions given by the International Labour Organisation(ILO) Conventions, there seems to be a lack of knowledge about what these employee rights are, and what can be done if they are violated. This booklet is designed to be used as a quick reference guide for LGBTIQ employees, to help them understand and know their rights in a workplace.
Policy Brief
Terminology helps to build bridges and assists in understanding. This guide is to assist us in understanding the LGBTIQ community in all its diversity. The LGBTIQ community is fluid, colourful, varied and different, but they are very much a part of our society, worldwide. Sri Lanka is no exception. This booklet is a step toward understanding who we are.
Policy Brief

LGBTIQ Rights and The Economic Impact

Diversity and Inclusion has tangible benefits to companies and it enhances the economic growth of a country as well. As such it is imperative that discriminatory legislation and laws are repealed and by doing so Sri Lanka will not only ensure that human rights of all its citizens are protected but also can reap the economic benefits of LGBTIQ inclusion and decriminalisation.

Policy Brief

Access to Healthcare Services for the LGBTIQ Community in Sri Lanka

Health is a human right that should be accessible to all. However, the LGBTIQ Community faces certain challenges when seeking healthcare. This obstructs them from receiving it and influences their attitudes towards healthcare and the people who work in these sectors.

The report explores these areas, putting light on the perspectives of both healthcare providers- from public as well as private sectors- along with healthcare recipients.