Research carried out by an international network is aptly named Out of the Margins emphasizing the exclusion and marginalisation of LBT+ people globally.
While in recent years, we’ve seen LGBT rights progress in countries across the world, it would be a mistake to think that all LGBT people have benefitted equally from this. The Out of the Margins Network was established to fill a major gap in understanding the unique experiences of lesbians, bi women and trans people (LBT+) globally.
As Renae Green from TransWave Jamaica of the network said “LBT+ issues are on the backburner … This has always been a problem and continues to be one”.
The 60 pages of the Network’s report is based on months of work by over 25 researchers across 21 countries. 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.
The research undertaken by the Out of the Margins network is wide-reaching, both geographically and thematically. In many cases, these studies are the first of their kind. Intersectional feminist and queer approaches were foregrounded from the outset, in order to amplify voices and perspectives that have gone unheard or ignored in previous research projects.
The network has produced research covering five key thematic areas: economic well-being, health, education, personal security and violence, and civic and political participation. These key issues align with the United Nation’s 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which it hopes to achieve by 2030. The SDGs have also committed to ‘leave no one behind’, ensuring that the world’s poorest and most marginalised people are prioritised in these efforts. The SDGs provide a larger framework for the network to help influence future global development policymaking that is inclusive of lesbians, bi women and trans people.
And, by using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to focus its research, the network has proven beyond doubt not only that LBT+ people globally are chronically underserved, but that further research is desperately needed to fully assess the extent of their exclusion.
For too long, LBT+ people have been side-lined and silenced. We hope that this report marks a sea change in how research affecting their communities is conducted – with their voices, needs and wishes always at its core.
To read the full report, you can find it here.