A new report released by the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) and OutRight Action International in collaboration with the Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men argues for a global health and development approach that is inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people.
Released ahead of this year’s United Nations (UN) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the paper calls on countries to recognize and address the impact of stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization on health.
In its second year, the High-Level Political Forum is where member states meet to review progress towards “Agenda 2030” – economic, social, and environmental sustainable development, founded on the principle of “leave no one behind.” Among the goals to be reviewed this year is Goal 3, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” which is particularly relevant to LGBTI people. The HLPF will take place at UN headquarters in New York from July 10-19.
While data regarding LGBTI health needs are inadequate and incomplete across the globe, the data that is available demonstrate that the health of LGBTI people is consistently poorer than the general population.
The report highlights:
MSMGF Executive Director, Dr. George Ayala, commented:
“Disproportionate rates of depression, anxiety, homelessness, problem substance use, and suicide among LGBTI people can each be traced back to the stigma, discrimination, and violence they face worldwide. Connection to community, safety, and security offset the devastating effects of social exclusion.”
The report finds that lesbian and bisexual women, transgender people, and intersex people in particular remain ignored and underserved in healthcare systems across the world.
OutRight Action International’s Global Research Coordinator, Dr. Felicity Daly, commented:
“LGBTI people are well-aware of the health disparities taking hold and stealing lives in their communities, but are being excluded from data collection efforts. As a result, LGBTI communities are rendered invisible and therefore unable to make a convincing case for health financing to address their needs.”
The report offers tangible and accessible recommendations on data and indicators governments can and should collect to monitor LGBTI health needs, including:
Authors from the report will join representatives from United Nations Development Programme, a representative from the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN, and global and regional LGBTI civil society organizations to discuss the necessity of collecting data on LGBTI people at an official UN event during the HLPF on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 6:15PM.
original text from NewsGhana