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What of Our Transgender Comrades in This State of Security? (The F Word: Let's Talk Feminism and Gender)

(This piece first appeared as part of a weekly column for The Sunday Morning)

Hidden ripples

As the weeks pass by following the devastating Easter Sunday terror attacks, we see a heightened state of security rise in Sri Lanka. As it was pre-2009, checkpoints and members of the forces have sprung up all over the city. This requires people to have identification documentation on them at all times, and for most of us, this is a fairly simple affair. However, such situations have deep ripples, and all too often affect those we don’t even factor into our views – those living on the margins because society has pushed them there.

In an article published on Lanka News Web, given the prevailing threat to national security in Sri Lanka followed by the Easter Sunday attack, Sri Lankan transgender activists urged the transgender community to fast-track their legal documents to match their gender identity.

They point out if anyone identified themselves as transsexual (female-to-male or male-to-fe…

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