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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues are fundamentally human rights issues. Sexual orientation, gender identity (a felt and experienced sense of one’s gender), gender expression (through actions and appearance), and sex characteristics are integral to everyone’s dignity and humanity - and should not become the basis for discrimination or abuse. However, many LGBTI people regularly face mistreatment and persecution. LGBTI people lack sufficient access to safe and competent health care. Companies that are diverse and inclusive are better able to compete for talent. More than a third of United Nations member states criminalize same-sex relations. Rights for LGBTI people are not ‘special’ rights. Rampant discrimination and violence harm many LGBTI people. LGBTI people suffer disproportionately from mental health issues. Civil society groups have played a big role in bolstering basic rights in many countries. Evidence suggests that countries with the most restrictive laws forfeit significant amounts of GDP.

LGBTI Inclusion

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LGBTI Inclusion