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Pon Naha - Don’t call me names!



'PONNAYA' - A word that merely causes misery. No good comes out of it. A word that can take a life! Then why does it exist?

(Ponnaya is a common, colloquial, and crude slang used as a scornful characterization of same-sex, transgender, and gender-diverse persons. It is the Sri Lankan equivalent to "faggot".) 64% of transgender and gender diverse persons in Sri Lanka suffer from psychological issues; 54% of them have experienced feelings of suicide Transgender and gender diverse persons already suffer from bullying, harassment, drop out of school, family estrangement, physical violence, homelessness, limited employment opportunities, subjects of fetishization, mental health issues, exploitation, isolation, and struggle for acceptance. Don't add to our struggles. All we ask is to be treated with dignity and respect; after all, we are all the children of one mother – Mother Lanka. National Transgender Network Sri Lanka HotLine : +94 76 045 5850

General Line : +94 77 717 3074

Official Email: ntnsrilanka@gmail.com www.ntnsrilanka.org

 

Credits: INTEGRATED: Client: National Transgender Network, Sri Lanka Creative Agency: HumanSense Ideator: Ruchi Sharma | Femke Hoppenbrouer Writer, Creative Director: Ruchi Sharma LGBT+ Communication Partner Organization: Pragna Collective Executive Producer: Sriyal Nilanka Strategy and Digital Media: Naveen Abeysinghe NTN Client Team: Bhoomi Harendran | Denuka Arachchige | Amila De Silva | Dinushi Halloluwa | Roshani Roli Pragna Collective Project Lead: Lochani Perera Tamil Language Supervisor & Community Coordinator: Reyaan Nadesarajah (Josh) Finance Manager: Imantha Kuruppuge SOUNDTRACK: Production House: RedFox Music: Pasan Liyanage Recording Engineers: Lucky Lakmina | Rihan Fernando Sinhala Lyrics: Lucky Lakmina | Isuru Chamara Somaweera Tamil lyrics: Reyaan Nadesarajah (Josh) English lyrics: Melissa Stephen | ELSZ Sinhala singers: Lucky Lakmina | Thashi Jayaweera | Melissa Stephen Tamil singers: Heavaan “RAD” Radhakrishnan English singers: Melissa Stephen | ELSZ | GaaPiNk MUSIC VIDEO: Production House: Origin Films Executive Producer: Niroshana Chamin Dissanayake Director/s: Deepthi Peiris | Janaka R Dommanige Director of Photography: Chamath Hasanka Production Manager: Sanka Bandara Art Director: Gamini Jayasinghe Editor: Prasanna Kumara Colorist: Suresh Dedigama VFX Supervisor: Pradeep Edirisinghe VFX Team: Dinushka Kalpa | Praboda Assistant Director: Kavindu Sivaraj Assistant Production Manager: Udaya Prasanna Choreographer: Nadeesh Randika (Royal Warriors) Wardrobe: Marlon Rae | Nawoda Bennet Hair Team: Lucy Bonner | Haroon Shaideen | Manishka James Make-up Team: JoJo Priestley | Dominique Ksacha | Janith Heenatigala| Duli Gunarathne | Madu Hettiarachchi | Shavindri Dunusinghe Funding Partner: Hannah Haynes (she/her), Technical Performance Manager, AmplifyChange COMMUNITY CAST: Amanda Melani | Amanda Natasha | Angel Quintas | Anitha | Asiri Perera | Ayodya Heenatigala | Bhoomi Harendran | Buddhi Edirisinghe | GaaPiNK | Naveen Abeysinghe | Nawoda Bennett | Nirwan Edirisinghe | Ravin Yash | Roshani | Roshani Roli | Sineth Maduranga | Tashi Jayaweera | Theepsika | Thrusha Mudalige | Vasi Samudradevi SPECIAL MENTION: Malinda Seneviratne | Varuni Jayasekara | Tanny Ponomareva | Glenn Da Silva | Kevin Camphuis… and everyone who helped us from the shadows. (the sad reality) #transgender #trans #genderdiversity #nonbinary #genderfluid #queer #lgbt #lgbtq #thisiswhattranslookslike #transisbeautiful #transgenderlk #PonNaha #respectandequality #onemotherland #diversityandinclusion #Nolabels #pride #humansense #NationalTransgenderNetworkSriLanka #PragnaCollective #LearnUnlearnRelearn #RuchiSharma #BhoomiHarendran #SriyalNilanka

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