Taking Sexual and Gender Minorities Out of the Too-Hard Basket

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This is relevant for humanitarian practitioners because it is specifically targeted at making the sector more inclusive and provides practical guidance.

Sexual and gender minorities experience humanitarian processes and crises differently. There are a number of elements and humanitarian processes that affect the inclusiveness of sexual and gender minorities. Some of these that are discussed are legal status, self-identification, gender binary and religion. These and a variety of other key elements play a role in the discrimination, violence and exclusion of sexual and gender minorities at all levels. While the needs of gender and sexual minorities remains in the “too-hard” category, there is an urgent need to shift these needs into a “possible” category. It is recommended that the humanitarian program cycle actively participates in enforcing inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and their specific needs in order to succeed in creating a more inclusive agenda. This must include active inclusiveness at all levels such as preparedness, planning, implementation and monitoring, needs assessment and analysis, resource mobilisation and evaluation and learning. This practice paper makes the recommendation that inclusion at all levels of the humanitarian process will pave the way for a more inclusive humanitarian field.

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"Sexual and gender minorities must have the choice as to whether to let their families, community or aid workers know that they identify as a sexual or gender minority."

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Sexual and gender minorities experience humanitarian processes and crises differently. There are a number of elements and humanitarian processes that affect the inclusiveness of sexual and gender minorities. Some of these that are discussed are legal status, self-identification, gender binary and religion. These and a variety of other key elements play a role in the discrimination, violence and exclusion of sexual and gender minorities at all levels. While the needs of gender and sexual minorities remains in the “too-hard” category, there is an urgent need to shift these needs into a “possible” category. It is recommended that the humanitarian program cycle actively participates in enforcing inclusion of sexual and gender minorities and their specific needs in order to succeed in creating a more inclusive agenda. This must include active inclusiveness at all levels such as preparedness, planning, implementation and monitoring, needs assessment and analysis, resource mobilisation and evaluation and learning. This practice paper makes the recommendation that inclusion at all levels of the humanitarian process will pave the way for a more inclusive humanitarian field.