LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Humanitarian Action: LGBTIQ+ vulnerabilities and capabilities in crises

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This resource is relevant for humanitarian practitioners, especially those involved in public and global health. This resource points to specific actions that have proven successful in increasing awareness around the needs and capacities of LGBTIQ+ people in humanitarian contexts, and includes details on inclusion practice.

This brief document outlines IPPF’s commitment to LGBTIQ+ people in sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights (SRHR) in humanitarian action. The document identifies four initiatives in which IPPF has been involved. All four initiatives aim to include LGBTIQ+ people in humanitarian contexts, and include disaster risk reduction (DRR) work in Nepal; the 2018 Pride in the Humanitarian Summit (PiTHS) consultation; distribution of trans-friendly dignity kits in Sri Lanka; and partnering with Tonga Leitis Association in response to Cyclone Gita.

The article includes a summary of the key points from a focus group discussed with LGBTIQ+ community members around ensuring sexual and reproductive health services are available and accessible in humanitarian contexts.

The overarching message of the brief is that the LGBTIQ+ community recommends humanitarian agencies and actors meaningfully engage with LGBTIQ+ people as leaders, participants, staff and volunteers across all areas of humanitarian action and DRR, and that partnering with LGBTIQ+ organisations presents important opportunities for inclusion, accountability, and policy development.

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"If humanitarian actors can’t recognise persons of diverse sexual orientation and identities and what their problems are, they can’t help them in crisis."

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This brief document outlines IPPF’s commitment to LGBTIQ+ people in sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights (SRHR) in humanitarian action. The document identifies four initiatives in which IPPF has been involved. All four initiatives aim to include LGBTIQ+ people in humanitarian contexts, and include disaster risk reduction (DRR) work in Nepal; the 2018 Pride in the Humanitarian Summit (PiTHS) consultation; distribution of trans-friendly dignity kits in Sri Lanka; and partnering with Tonga Leitis Association in response to Cyclone Gita.

The article includes a summary of the key points from a focus group discussed with LGBTIQ+ community members around ensuring sexual and reproductive health services are available and accessible in humanitarian contexts.

The overarching message of the brief is that the LGBTIQ+ community recommends humanitarian agencies and actors meaningfully engage with LGBTIQ+ people as leaders, participants, staff and volunteers across all areas of humanitarian action and DRR, and that partnering with LGBTIQ+ organisations presents important opportunities for inclusion, accountability, and policy development.