Mobilizing for a Research Revolution to Ensure LGBTIQ Inclusion in Asia

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people make up three to 10% of the world's population--but they are only partial citizens. Same-sex sexual acts are criminalized in 71 countries and many prohibit gender-nonconforming behaviors. Asia, home to 60% of the world's population and a driver of global development, lags in human rights protections for LGBTIQ people.
Globally, LGBTIQ people have been attacked, arrested, tortured, raped, killed, sentenced to death and denied employment, education and healthcare; this is especially challenging in Asia because they are excluded from most human rights protections. The Government of Canada, a global leader in LGBTIQ inclusion and human rights, a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, is committed to advancing human rights protections for LGBTIQ people in Asia and globally.