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Great Reset: Why LGBT+ inclusion is the secret to cities’ post-pandemic success
Economies that are more inclusive are better placed to recover from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• A strong positive correlation exists between LGBT+ inclusion and economic resilience.
• In particular, cities that embrace diversity may reap an ‘inclusion dividend’ as they begin to rebuild their economies.
As the world continues to grapple with the unprecedented global health crisis of COVID-19, the scale of the related global economic crisis is becoming increasingly clear. We are facing the sharpest economic contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s, according to the United Nations – threatening to roll back decades of progress in the fight against poverty.
At the same time as taking emergency measures to minimize the immediate economic impacts of the pandemic, governments around the world are looking to position themselves for recovery. A new analysis of economic resilience offers a potential clue to which economies may be able to recover faster: LGBT+ inclusion is correlated to the resilience of a country’s economy. More Details
Pride in a time of COVID-19 should embrace a wider solidarity
The coronavirus outbreak has been a time of regression for LGBTQI rights.
• June’s Pride celebrations are a chance to reassert solidarity in the face of oppression and harassment.
• The #ShapePRIDE2020 hashtag is an opportunity to amplify Pride’s reach.
Today, 73 countries criminalize LGBTQI people for being who they are. Twelve countries still impose the death penalty as punishment for private, consensual, same-sex sexual activity. Even in countries where LGBTQI rights are guaranteed, these minorities are disproportionately targeted and victimized, especially in times of outbreaks and pandemics.
The celebration of Pride in several cities takes place in the month of June to recognize LGBTQI history and the progress made towards equality. Due to COVID-19, many annual Pride events and festivals have been cancelled. Beyond the festivities, the significance of Pride is to promote the visibility of LGBTQI people; provide an opportunity to break stereotypes; and show support to family and friends who are queer.
For some people, Pride is also a protest as people get to march against the continued injustices that LGBTQI people face in the world. Because sexual minorities are still heavily marginalized in many countries, Pride is also a time for activism; a time to support LGBTQI businesses and families; and a time to celebrate queer lives in a world where it is still challenging for people to be different.
3 ways businesses can protect LGBTIQ rights in the face of COVID-19
The coronavirus will hit marginalized groups, including LGBTIQ people, hardest.
• The private sector must take collective action to cushion the blow.
• Businesses can consider three strategies when trying to ensure inclusion.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it on a scale never seen before. One inescapable point in this crisis is that it will take an increased toll on those groups who were marginalized, vulnerable and excluded before the pandemic hit, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, inter-sex and queer (LGBTIQ) people. For LGBTIQ people who have experienced a lifetime of discrimination, especially in places with deep poverty, tenuous healthcare delivery systems and fragile government infrastructure, the sober truth is this global emergency presents immediate unimaginable challenges.
For example, as highlighted in a recent Openly article, in India transgender people are at heightened risk of poverty and ill health because they already exist on the margins of society. The UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity recently wrote in an open letter about the impact of COVID-19:
“Homeless persons, among whom LGBT persons are many, face exacerbated exposure to contagion … Many LGBT youth will now be forced to isolation within hostile environments with unsupportive family members or co-habitants.” Ultimately, as OutRight Action International notes, in too many places – simply because of who they are and who they love – LGBTIQ people will have less access to healthcare, will be hard hit by unemployment and food scarcity, will see their already-thin margins disappear and without life-saving interventions will fall sick and die.
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