Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Global LGBTQ Equality Guide

OutRight Action International has published a new guide entitled “International Best Practice Guide to Equality on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity” that was commissioned & funded by United Kingdom’s Government Equalities Office & published during the Commonwealth Summit that takes place this week in London. Amber Rudd, UK Minister for Women & Equalities stated, “This Government is committed to improving LGBT equality around the world & commissioned this guide to drive positive action & enable countries to learn from each other. The publication shows there is no one way to achieve equality & highlights the steps taken by countries in all corners of the globe to protect & support LGBT people.” The guide provides an overview of why & how some countries have addressed discrimination, harassment & physical & psychological violence against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression & sex characteristics. It presents case studies from Belize, Botswana, Fiji, Jamaica, Malta & Pakistan, countries that have introduced measures to be more inclusive. Dr. Felicity Daly, author of the guide & Global Research Coordinator at OutRight Action International concluded, “We took a pragmatic approach by focusing on countries which have taken steps to safeguard sexual & gender minorities from harm & introduced measures to ensure equality. The guide provides practical examples & resources that policy officials & 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.” Download Guide…
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