Policy, Human Rights & Structural Change

Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities

The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) is a coalition of 42 Member States, co-chaired by the governments of the United Kingdom and Argentina and works with over 120 LGBTQ+ civil society organizations. This report addresses critical issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community amidst COVID-19. These issues are broadly categorized into three themes: healthcare, economic well-being, and social issues. Each of these three complex themes are explored, providing literature, reports, and research to reflect on. The report concludes with 12 recommendations for policy makers and practitioners which address a range of issues including economic empowerment, healthcare, refugee and immigration policy, education, and emergency strategies among others. 


The Impact of Covid-19 on Displaced LGBTQI Persons: A Report with Four Recommendations for Policy Makers

This report offers a snapshot of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on displaced LGBTQI+ individuals seeking resettlement, due to the closure of borders, pausing of resettlement acceptances, and travel between countries. It includes an analysis of current literature on COVID-19 responses, as well as interviews with human rights workers representing civil society organizations working at the frontline of the COVID-19 response. The report concludes with four policy recommendations including: 1) Uphold the right to asylum during COVID-19, 2) Resume the resettlement of LGBTQI refugees, 3) Release LGBTQI asylum seekers being held in detention centres, and  4) Increase resources dedicated to supporting LGBTQI refugees.