It’s a horrific reality: data suggests that if you’re born LGBTI, you are more likely to be poor. Discrimination can affect every single aspect of your life — one in three LGBTI young people skip class or drop out altogether due to bullying. And when the individual grows up, it’s too often harder to find and keep a job, with LGBTI people consistently excluded from the workforce.
But the data is patchy — because collecting robust information on the lives of LGBTI people around the world is very difficult and, at times, very dangerous.Yet without accurate data, it’s very difficult to know the scale of the problem, or how to fix it.
The LGBTI Inclusion Index and data generation efforts were designed to tackle this — measuring the education, health, economic well-being, and political and civil participation of LGBTI people — as well as tracking violence committed against the community. This data would support the broader goal of ensuring no one is left behind in the fight to end extreme poverty.
But to do this, governments must act. Call on world leaders to commit funding to collect data on LGBTI people through the Inclusion Index — to help lift them from extreme poverty.