June 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse (LGBT) persons around the globe and has also exposed new vulnerabilities for the LGBT population. In recognition of Pride month, the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI), Mr. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, will be launching new guidelines for states to ensure a COVID-19 response free from violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Guided by a unique mnemonic, ASPIRE, these guidelines will help ensure protection for LGBT persons who face direct and indirect risks from COVID-19 while working to include LGBT perspectives in building back better. Mr. Madrigal-Borloz will be joined in conversation with a number of representatives from civil society organizations as well as UN member states.
The ASPIRE guidelines build off a series of online consultations conducted by the Mandate earlier this spring with participation from civil society representatives, including over 400 people from all regions of the world. The input collected was used as the basis for the Mandate’s 2020 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) statement to shed light on the different implications of the current pandemic on the LGBT community. These impacts were discussed during a previous webinar co-hosted by the UN Foundation in May and will be used as a building block for this discussion on concrete actions states should take to guide their COVID-19 response measures with the LGBT community in mind.
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