Report Release: International Best Practice Guide to Equality on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity


18 April 2018

Media Contact: Rashima Kwatra,, +1(917) 859-7555
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Report Release: International Best Practice Guide to Equality on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Today, OutRight Action International published an “International Best Practice Guide to Equality on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

The guide, commissioned and funded by the United Kingdom’s Government Equalities Office has been published during the Commonwealth Summit, taking place this week in London.

The guide provides an overview of why and how some countries have addressed discrimination, harassment, and physical and psychological violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics.

It presents case studies from Belize, Botswana, Fiji, Jamaica, Malta and Pakistan, countries that have introduced measures to be more inclusive. Promising practices include reforming punitive laws, enacting protective legislation, and sensitizing health services to address the needs of sexual and gender minorities.

These case studies show that progress is possible in all regions of the world. The report reveals that greater inclusion is being fostered even in states that may still have laws which criminalize or marginalize people because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or sex characteristics.

UK Minister for Women and Equalities, Amber Rudd said:

“This Government is committed to improving LGBT equality around the world and commissioned this guide to drive positive action and enable countries to learn from each other.

The publication shows there is no one way to achieve equality and highlights the steps taken by countries in all corners of the globe to protect and support LGBT people.”

Dr. Felicity Daly, author of the guide and Global Research Coordinator at OutRight Action International said:

“We took a pragmatic approach by focusing on countries which have taken steps to safeguard sexual and gender minorities from harm and introduced measures to ensure equality. The guide provides practical examples and resources that policy officials and civil society can use in pursuing equality for all. Countries around the world considering how to overcome inequality can use these examples to inform and inspire solutions relevant to their national contexts.”

The Commonwealth Summit commenced on Monday 16th April and will run until Friday 20th April. The UK Government has secured a number of opportunities for discussion on LGBT equality throughout the week.

Notes to editors:

  1. For more information please contact the Home Office Press Office on +44 207 035 3535
  2. For information on OutRight Action International, please contact Rashima Kwatra,, +1917 859 7555
  3. The guide can be downloaded from:



Every day around the world, LGBTIQ people’s human rights and dignity are abused in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown—or willfully ignored—by those with the power to make change. OutRight Action International, founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, works alongside LGBTIQ people in the Global South, with offices in six countries, to help identify community-focused solutions to promote policy for lasting change. We vigilantly monitor and document human rights abuses to spur action when they occur. We train partners to expose abuses and advocate for themselves. Headquartered in New York City, OutRight is the only global LGBTIQ-specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTIQ people.