Today the Out of the Margins project is excited to share groundbreaking research from its network of LBT+ organisations.
The research - based on the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals - focuses on five key issues (economic well-being, health, education, personal security and violence, and civic and political participation) and spans 21 countries in 3 world regions:
- Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Burundi, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
- Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela)
- Eastern and Southeast Europe, and Central Asia (Chechnya/Russia, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia and Montenegro).
Between February and September 2019, the Out of the Margins network documented the profound exclusion facing lesbians, bi women and trans (LBT+) communities, in their own countries and contexts, using the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This report describes the many ways in which LBT+ people are discriminated against (both actively and passively), and how their needs go refused, ignored and unmet in their own societies. It then extrapolates from this evidence to analyse challenges on a global scale.
At the heart of this project and network is the desire to build evidence which can inform wide-ranging and meaningful change for LBT+ people across country contexts, and on a national and international scale. A key innovation of the project was to directly support the authentic involvement of marginalised LBT+ people in the research, and in action affecting them and their communities. Over 100 organisations submitted research proposals to be part of this project – which proves how great a need there is for this type of research network.
Most importantly, the spirit of the programme was to bring intersectional, feminist and queer perspectives together to understand the issues faced by LBT+ communities, and by women and LGBT people more broadly. Overall, there were 2,728 research respondents in various projects, with the vast majority being from LBT+ communities.
Some of the findings are challenging to read – throughout the report there are descriptions of violence and abuse. However, we believe that the ethos of the project demands that the discrimination faced by LBT+ people is acknowledged.
Through this report, the Network invites us to take a closer look at the sheer challenge of everyday existence for those who are excluded and at risk of violence simply because of who they are.
Their voices are testament to the need for the Out of the Margins network to continue apace, to gather their evidence as the firmament for them to claim lives of dignity and the justice that they deserve.
To read the full report, you can find it here.