OutRight Now: Data is Visibility; States must fill the LGBTI Data Gaps

agenda 2030

Dear Supporter,  
I am excited to announce that OutRight has just released a new report: Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health and Well-Being. This report is a joint venture between OutRight and our partners at the Global Fund for MSM and HIV, in collaboration with the Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men.


  • The disproportionate effect HIV is having on gay and bisexual men (19x higher) and transwomen (49x higher!).
  • A higher burden of poor mental health among LGBTI people compared to the general population.
  • The impact of intersecting forms of discrimination faced by LGBTI people based on gender, age, race, ethnicity, ability, class, migration status, and other factors that drive exclusion.
  • The role that criminalization, anti-LGBTI violence, fear of discrimination, cost, and lack of social support play in impeding access to health services.


The report outlines how data can be used by UN Member States and other stakeholders at the ongoing High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The forum reviews the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The report argues for a global health and development approach that is inclusive of LGBTI people. It also calls on countries to recognize and address the impact of stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization on health. The report also highlights the importance of more research.

OutRight’s Global Research Coordinator, Dr. Felicity Daly, who co-authored the report, said of the findings of the report,

“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.”

If you don’t have time to read the full report, be sure to check out the quick and easy to read fact sheets that we created focusing on the main points of the report. You can also read our op-ed in the Inter Press ServicesPOZ Magazine, and in Independent Australia.
There you will also find a list of recommendations that OutRight has made to UN member states, both cross-cutting and specific recommendations on how they can better collect data on LGBTI people to allow for better laws and policy that protect LGBTI people’s right to health and overall health and well-being.


Jessica Stern,
Executive Director
OutRight Action International