On Tuesday 9th February 2016, the UK government launched their new international development approach on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) rights.
Welcoming the proposal, Barry Johnston, Head of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, says:
“The UK government’s new approach on LGBTI rights is a positive contribution to the international development agenda and will help to draw attention to the rights of LGBTI people around the world.
“ActionAid has long been concerned about the overwhelming discrimination and violence that LGBTI people face, individuals and groups that often have less access to education, work and face discrimination in access to basic services like healthcare.
“We welcome the focus on local partners in this new approach — in order to ensure lasting change it is vital that resources are channelled to grassroots organisations and hard to reach communities. The government must also ensure that this approach is implemented not just through the Department for International Development but across Whitehall.
“By stepping up its attention to this issue, we hope that the UK government leads the way in ensuring that at a global level, LGBTI people, particularly those living in poverty, have the opportunity to define and shape the types of changes needed to shift attitudes, end discrimination and fear.”