Lessons from LGBTIQ refugee-led community-based organisations

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This article is relevant for humanitarian practitioners working in humanitarian agencies or community-based organisations because it highlights the importance of partnering with LGBTIQ+ led CBOs for refugee protection across cluster areas.

This brief article considers the role of LGBTIQ+ refugee led community based organisations in Nairobi, Kenya, and the reasons humanitarian agencies should partner with such organisations. The article argues that LGBTIQ+ refugee led CBOs are uniquely placed to meet the livelihoods, psycho-social, community health and legal protection needs of LGBTIQ+ refugees; and that these organisations are already undertaking this work. By partnering with these organisations, humanitarian agencies can strengthen their protection capabilities for LGBTIQ+ refugees in Nairobi.

The article provides specific examples of leaders of LGBTIQ+ refugee led CBOs calling for humanitarian agency support and partnership; importantly, such partnerships could increase the safety and acceptance of LGBTIQ+ refugees in the wider refugee community.

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"Some LGBTIQ refugees believe that CBOs could also act as a bridge between their own marginalised communities and the wider
refugee community..."

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This brief article considers the role of LGBTIQ+ refugee led community based organisations in Nairobi, Kenya, and the reasons humanitarian agencies should partner with such organisations. The article argues that LGBTIQ+ refugee led CBOs are uniquely placed to meet the livelihoods, psycho-social, community health and legal protection needs of LGBTIQ+ refugees; and that these organisations are already undertaking this work. By partnering with these organisations, humanitarian agencies can strengthen their protection capabilities for LGBTIQ+ refugees in Nairobi.

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