Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer+ (LGBTQIA+)

Providing a tailored response to the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals in humanitarian settings, including a heightened risk of sexual violence, abuse, exploitation, and harassment.

  • Protecting individuals against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Addressing and reducing the unique barriers to LGBTQIA+ individuals seeking sexual and reproductive health services.
  • Creating partnerships with local LGBTQIA+ organizations, activists, and informal networks to understand their needs.

Why It Matters

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer+ (LGBTQIA+) individuals exist in all societies and cultures. They experience a heightened risk of sexual violence, abuse, exploitation, and harassment–particularly during times of crisis and instability. These unique threats, considerations, and barriers to treatment must be considered when creating and implementing sexual and reproductive health programming.

How We Work

Our work on this issue is led by the LGBTQIA+ Sub-Working Group—a dedicated group of IAWG members who set the priorities and advance research, practice, and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ access to sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings. Learn about their current objectives, priorities, and latest work.

Sub-Working Group

Learn How Our Coalition Works

Learn how the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises mobilizes its diverse membership to strengthen and expand access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by crises.