This report highlights how LGBTQI+ people in Africa have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The report states that governments need to act in accordance with Resolution 275 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to protect those who are vulnerable and face discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The report outlines six potential challenges faced by LGBTQI+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges include restricted access to shelter, community centres and health services, homophobic threats in lockdown environments, increased social discrimination and mental health concerns and the misuse of emergency powers to target LGBTQI+ people.
The report concludes with a list of actions that individuals, community based organisations and states can do to address these challenges.