Capability Statement: LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Humanitarian Settings

The vulnerabilities of marginalised people, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) persons, are often exacerbated in disasters, emergencies and crises. 

This is including their access to quality and non-discriminatory sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and information. SRH is a human right and an essential component of the overall health and protection package in a humanitarian response. Providing comprehensive, high-quality SRH services in humanitarian settings requires a multisectoral and integrated approach to reach the LGBTIQ+ community. 

Though the LGBTIQ+ community is often more vulnerable, they also have strong capabilities to cope in the aftermath of disasters, and to leverage social networks in preparedness, relief and recovery phases for themselves and their communities, something that the humanitarian community should leverage based on the principles of ‘do no harm’ and ‘leaving no one behind’.