Ensuring Inclusion of LGBTI People in COVID-19 Response Efforts

Many long-standing inequalities and vulnerabilities impacting LGBTI people globally are magnified by the COVID-19 crisis. Governments must take action that specifically aims to include LGBTI people in policy responses to ensure no one is left behind. This is an opportunity to get back on track and radically shift “business as usual” to benefit the most marginalized and furthest left behind. 
Only if States and other stakeholders address the unique challenges of stigma, discrimination, violence and criminalization faced by LGBTI populations, inside and outside of the pandemic, will the 2030 development agenda be a reacheable goal.
We invite you to read this statement by the LGBTI Stakeholder Group on COVID-19. (También en español)

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LBTI Caucus Statement in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

The current public health crisis caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19, is a global emergency with far-reaching social, economic, and ecological implications for us all. The way that this crisis is handled will have pervasive and long-lasting impacts on our communities and the planet.
Collective action taken by individuals, such as social distancing and good hygiene, are effective and necessary tactics that recognize the need for a community response and an approach based on global solidarity. However, immediate and large-scale measures, often punitively backed by states to control the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with high stress on public services, will have disproportionate implications on those who face multiple and intersecting forms of marginalization, including lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LBTI), and gender non-conforming (GNC) women and people.
Read the statement from LBTI caucus.

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1312 CSOs from 174 countries urge the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on SOGI

During the HRC41, 1312 NGOs urged the Human Rights Council to renew this mandate of the Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The statement signed by 1312 NGOs from 174 countries notices that since 2016, the HRC took definitive action to systematically address abuses on persons because of their real or perceived SOGI, advance positive reforms and share best practices – through regular reporting, constructive dialogue and engagement – and created an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on SOGI sexual orientation and gender identity.

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A call to build on #YPplus10 to advance a global understanding of violations affecting persons on grounds of #SOGIESC

Kim Vance has delivered a statement during #HRC38. “We call upon all States which continue to criminalize gender identity and expression and sexual orientation to remove these colonial era laws throughout the Commonwealth, La Francophonie and elsewhere. They have no place in independent sovereign nations and, as you point out in your report, constitute a violation of international law.”

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