Open letter on COVID-19 to the LGBT community

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This resource is relevant to humanitarian practitioners as it highlights the ways in which the LGBT community is particularly affected as a result of COVID-19.

This open letter, from the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, highlights the myriad challenges that the LGBT community face as a result of COVID-19. The letter acknowledges that the marginalisation faced by the LGBT community prior to the emergence of COVID-19 places them at greater risk than the general population and exacerbates their vulnerabilities.

The increased prevalence of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, discrimination within the health sector and engagement in sex work and other informal work within the LGBT community are outlined as issues of primary concern as they place the community at greater risk of contagion. Lack of safe and supportive environments during isolation and economic insecurity are further highlighted as specific challenges faced by the LGBT community during the pandemic.

The letter declares the urgent need to address these challenges and emphasises the resilience of the LGBT community. The letter requests input from the community so that the mandate of the Independent Expert can better understand and effectively respond to the particular needs of the LGBT community at this time.

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"In times like this, I remain acutely aware that the members of our communities, peoples and populations are amongst the most marginalized and excluded because of stigma and discrimination, and they are and will continue to be among those most at risk."

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This open letter, from the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, highlights the myriad challenges that the LGBT community face as a result of COVID-19. The letter acknowledges that the marginalisation faced by the LGBT community prior to the emergence of COVID-19 places them at greater risk than the general population and exacerbates their vulnerabilities.

The increased prevalence of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, discrimination within the health sector and engagement in sex work and other informal work within the LGBT community are outlined as issues of primary concern as they place the community at greater risk of contagion. Lack of safe and supportive environments during isolation and economic insecurity are further highlighted as specific challenges faced by the LGBT community during the pandemic.

The letter declares the urgent need to address these challenges and emphasises the resilience of the LGBT community. The letter requests input from the community so that the mandate of the Independent Expert can better understand and effectively respond to the particular needs of the LGBT community at this time.