In any crisis, LGBTIQ communities are often disproportionately affected due to pre-existing vulnerabilities. The same is true as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
OutRight rightly anticipated that a spike in demand on LGBTIQ organizations would occur as LGBTIQ people experience increased food insecurity, unemployment, homelessness and domestic violence, but a decrease in resources as LGBTIQ organizations themselves struggle for financial survival.
See below the work OutRight has been doing to support LGBTIQ communities around the world at this time.
New Report Documents Amplified Impact of
COVID-19 on LGBTIQ People
OutRight Action International released a pioneering report, “Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ people”, documenting effects of the pandemic on LGBTIQ people. While the COVID-19 pandemic leaves no country and no individual unaffected, drawing on almost 60 rapid research interviews conducted with LGBTIQ people in all regions of the world during the early stages of the pandemic, the report overwhelmingly shows that the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people as a result of the virus and surrounding containment measures are specific and amplified compared to the broader population.
COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund
OutRight launched a COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund to offer emergency financial resources to LGBTIQ organizations around the world who are serving people impacted by COVID-19, and support OutRight’s work to document and respond to the impacts of the crisis on LGBTIQ communities. Read more about the fund, including how to donate, here. OutRight Action International has closed applications to its COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund as of midnight EDT on April 30, 2020. We will continue to fundraise for the COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund to ensure that a greater number of the proposals we have received can receive support through the fund.
OutRight launched OutRight TV - a video and podcast series – to bring to light stories of LGBTIQ people and allies from across the globe interviewed by OutRight's staff members. OutRight TV features informal conversations about the experiences, feelings, challenges, and anxieties, as well as hopes, that LGBTIQ people and allies are experiencing .
New Tool: Fighting Domestic Violence during COVID
With many countries still in lockdown sheltering at home from the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence has become an epidemic within an epidemic. In response, UN Secretary-General Guterres called for a global “ceasefire” on domestic violence, lending high-level support to this long-standing demand.
Because the current crisis demands an intersectional approach, rapidly deployed across the globe, a coalition of leading international organizations who work in collaboration with local organizations globally on intersecting issues, including women’s rights, disability justice, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, (LGBTIQ) rights and gender non-conforming persons, and men’s allyship, have come together and formed a coalition on this issue (in alphabetical order): MADRE, Media Matters for Women, MenEngage Alliance, Nobel Women’s Initiative, OutRight Action International, Women Enabled International, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
Together we have analyzed successful interventions to make key programmatic recommendations for grassroots organizations working on the frontlines of gender and the COVID-19 crisis; as well as policy recommendations for the international community.
LBTI Caucus Statement in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic
OutRight is a member of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LBTI) Caucus, an informal coalition of over 300 representatives from every region of the world working to advance gender equality internationally, regionally, nationally, and locally. Here's their response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
OutRight hosted a weekly series of webinars about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTIQ communities, and related topics such as regional updates, safety and security, media engagement, and challenges to LGBTIQ human rights defenders. The webinars were designed for LGBTIQ activists and organizations around the world, as well as for OutRight supporters. The COVID webinar series has now ended.
OutRight Joins Call to Action
OutRight Action International joined an unprecedented coalition of 12 global equality organizations to express grave concern that “while COVID-19 is indiscriminate, the impacts of state responses to it are not”. Read the call to action or download the pdf here.
OutRight's COVID-related Blogs
“LGBT activists are the unsung heroes on the frontlines of China’s fight against COVID-19” is a two-part series written by Jean Chong, OutRight’s Program Field Coordinator, shares stories from LGBTIQ organizations about how they are supporting communities. When asked about the impetus of the action, Haojie, director at the Wuhan LGBT Center said, “We had to help our own community because we are all we had.” Read part 1 and part 2 for the full stories about their work on the frontlines.
UN LGBTI Core Group Statement on the Occasion of IDAHOBIT
We have the honor to transmit this statement on behalf of the following Member States that are part of the UN LGBTI Core Group: Argentina, The Netherlands, Albania, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, as well as the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the non-governmental organizations Human Rights Watch and Outright Action International. The UN LGBTI Core Group, an informal cross-regional group established in 2008, is co-chaired by Argentina and The Netherlands. In addition to the Members of the UN LGBTI Core Group this statement is joined by Palau, Belize, Malta, Austria, North Macedonia, Belgium, Moldavia, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Ireland, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Panama, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, and South Africa. Read full statement.
Published on March 31, 2020 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization