The Seattle Lesbian features OutRight's Initiative to Help Measure the Cost of Exclusion for LGBTIQ People

Discrimination Against LGBTIQ People Costs Lives and Global Economic Prosperity

OVER $400 BILLION LOST ANNUALLY – ENOUGH TO ELIMINATE EXTREME POVERTY WORLDWIDE

By Jason Cianciotto


Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

Too frequently the daily news includes stories about discrimination and violence perpetrated against LGBTIQ people around the world. The images may range from bruised and bloodied faces in Jamaica, to men being thrown off buildings in Iraq to the reported 689 murders of transgender people in Brazil from 2008 to 2014, reflected on a map from Trangender Europe.

Civil society organizations like OutRight Action International, formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – have spread global advocacy to assert the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex populations for over 25 years. Yet, it was not until 2008 that the United Nations General Assembly discussed LGBTI rights. In the proceeding years, with persistent advocacy, there has been steady progress. Most recently a December 10 forum honoring Human Rights Day focused on the cost of LGBTI exclusion- co-organized by OutRight and Human Rights Watch as NGO members of the coalition of 18 countries known as the UN Core Group, along with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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