Reachable: Data collection methods for sexual orientation and gender identity

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March 17, 2016

Sexual and gender minorities have often been classified as “hard-to-reach” populations, particularly in middle and low income countries.  However, recent developments in data collection methods demonstrate the increasing number of tools available to those seeking to understand the lived realities of sexual and gender minorities in many areas of the globe.  Reachable highlight examples of measurements of sexual orientation and gender identity, and  provides a brief number of examples of their use around the world, particularly in the areas of health, education and employment.

Reachable was produced in conjunction with “Measuring Inclusion of LBTI Women,” a presentation at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on February 18, 2016.  The presentation was co-sponsored by The Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL), COC Netherlands, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), S.H.E. Feminist Collective, OutRight Action International, ARC International and the Williams Institute.  Co-presenters included Suki Beavers, United Nations Development Programme, Leigh Ann van der Merwe, S.H.E. Feminist Collective (South Africa), Clarisse Kalume, Micro Rainbow International (Brazil), moderated by Andrew Park, The Williams Institute.

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