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Othered in the Diaspora: Recommendations to support the LGBTQ+ community

On 10th May 2019 Creative Treaty and the Implementation Team for the International Decade for People of African Descent in Spain attended the United Nations consultation for the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent. The one day consultation defined modalities, format and substantive and procedural aspects of a Permanent Forum that aims to realise the stated objectives of the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) - including promoting the recognition, justice and development theme of the Decade.

At the consultation, Creative Treaty and the Implementation Team for the IDPAD  in Spain presented the findings of a study that made recommendations for the Working Group for People of African descent, civil society organisations working on the rights of people of African descent, UN agencies and Member States to better support LGBTQ+ individuals from African/Afro ethnic groups. In order to formulate the recommendations both Creative Treaty and The Implementation Team for the IDPAD in Spain carried out a two month consultation, where we held question and answer sessions with individuals supported by LGBTQ+ organisations and structured a survey that focused on gender, sexuality and race based issues that commonly affect groups within the LGBTQ+ community. 

The objective of the consultation was to better understand the intersection between sexuality and gender with race, deciphering how this impacts LGBTQ+ individuals of African/Afro descent comparatively with other ethnic groups.

Review our results, conclusion and recommendations: