What is the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI migrants?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) migrants may face intersecting discriminations: both as migrants as well as on the basis of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. It is important that measures are put in place to ensure that these populations have equal access to public health and safety services, and assistance to overcome the socio-economic impacts of the crisis. Here are some of the specific challenges that LGBTI migrants may have to overcome.

Difficulties in accessing healthcare services

LGBTI victims of human trafficking

Human trafficking can take many forms and encompasses a wide variety of victims; however, the sexuality and gender of said victim is usually to be assumed from the get-go: heterosexual and cisgender. Due to the sensitive nature of sexual/gender identification, concrete data on LGBTQI+ victims of trafficking are far and few in between as victims fear repercussions for disclosing their identity. It is known, however, that LGBTQI+ persons, as a result of their identity, are doubly vulnerable to situations of trafficking.

Strength in diversity: how inclusiveness contributes to disaster risk reduction

Disasters due to natural hazards exact a heavy toll on the well-being and safety of persons, communities and countries. These disasters tend to be exacerbated by climate change, and are increasing in frequency and intensity, significantly impeding progress towards sustainable development, especially for most exposed countries.

LGBTI migrants should not be discriminated against, and there are things States can do

In 2017, Amnesty International indicated in this report that two thirds of LGBTI refugees from Central America with whom they spoke between 2016 and 2017, have suffered sexual and gender-based violence in Mexico.