Challenges related to LGBTIQ+ refugees and shelter in urban contexts

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This brief report is relevant for humanitarian practitioners working in shelter, protection, and with refugees more broadly; the practical examples and solutions are particularly relevant given the increasing complexity and longevity of humanitarian crises, and the increasing proportion of refugees who are living in urban contexts.

This brief report on the specific shelter challenge LGBTIQ+ refugees face in urban contexts provides important and practical advice for humanitarian practitioners working in shelter and refugee work. The report opens with a brief background of the global context for LGBTIQ+ refugees before moving into the specific shelter-access challenges LGBTIQ+ refugees face. This section focuses on power within the household and the particular challenges for trans* refugees. The final section offers recommendations and potential solutions. These solutions–such as mainstreaming queer perspectives in shelter and protection clusters–are transformative rather than simply prescriptive, and encourage humanitarian agencies to begin treating the LGBTIQ+ community as one with distinct sub-groups rather than as a homogenous bloc.

The report ends with conclusion, highlighting the importance of taking a critical approach to specific contexts and the needs of LGBTIQ+ refugees.

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"For many LGBTQ+ refugees, living in cities generally offers a greater degree of anonymity (and security) than the exposed nature of life in refugee camps or settlements."

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This brief report on the specific shelter challenge LGBTIQ+ refugees face in urban contexts provides important and practical advice for humanitarian practitioners working in shelter and refugee work. The report opens with a brief background of the global context for LGBTIQ+ refugees before moving into the specific shelter-access challenges LGBTIQ+ refugees face. This section focuses on power within the household and the particular challenges for trans* refugees. The final section offers recommendations and potential solutions. These solutions–such as mainstreaming queer perspectives in shelter and protection clusters–are transformative rather than simply prescriptive, and encourage humanitarian agencies to begin treating the LGBTIQ+ community as one with distinct sub-groups rather than as a homogenous bloc.

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