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U.N. Member States Should Commit To Accelerating Research To Improve LGBTI Health, Well-Being

Inter Press Service: Will the U.N. ‘Leave No One Behind’ and Improve LGBTI Health and Well-Being?
Felicity Daly, global research coordinator for OutRight Action International

“While there has been progress in researching the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and responding to certain emerging health threats in high-income countries — elsewhere in the world such research is inadequate and incomplete. A new report published by OutRight Action International [and] the Global Forum on MSM and HIV highlights that wherever research has been conducted, LGBTI people’s health is shown to be consistently poorer than the general population. … [The report] details the type of data U.N. member states should collect to effectively monitor implementation of the targets of [Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)] 3 in a way that improves the health and well-being of LGBTI people. … We hope more countries will accelerate a research revolution for LGBTI inclusion, which improves the health and well-being of these communities” (7/10).

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