10 Dec 2015
Clifton Cortez, Team Leader, Gender, Key Populations, and LGBTI – HIV, Health and Development Group, UNDP
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In September 2015, a multi-sectoral group of experts met in New York from all over the world. Despite varied perspectives, each had previously been involved in some aspect of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trasngender, Intersex) data work or were experts in data measurement. Their goal was to reach consensus on a definition of LGBTI inclusion and provide advice on what was necessary to measure it. In September 2015, the Nepal Constituent Assembly approved a new Constitution that includes provisions protecting the rights of sexual and gender minorities. This would never have happened without the advocacy of LGBTI leaders, community activists, and allies and their efforts highlighting data, including violence against transgender people. That same month, the world adopted an ambitious new development agenda that aims to reduce inequalities, promote peaceful and inclusive societies, and provide access to justice for all. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commit all of us to leaving no one behind. However, in every corner of our world, experiences of stigma, discrimination and violence mark the lives of millions of LGBTI people every day. These phenomena are manifested in both seemingly benign and obviously heinous forms, either being unfair. Gay men serve in the armed forces during conflict,