The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) is marked annually on 17 May to raise global awareness of the rights of – and rights violations against – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and gender-non-conforming (LGBTIQ+) people. This year’s global theme is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights” and, as part of this, highlights the right forcibly displaced LGBTIQ+ individuals to self-determination, for their voices to be heard and their rights to be respected and protected.

In Ukraine the Protection Cluster remains committed to work with partners to protect and advocate for LGBTIQ+ people forced to flee or who continue to encounter violence, abuse and stigma. The Protection Cluster recognizes the resilience of LGBTIQ+ displaced persons, refugees and the grass-roots organizations who support them, often in very difficult environments.

To this end, the Protection Cluster shared the “Advocacy Note on Protection of LGBTIQ+ people in the Context of the Response in Ukraine”, which reflects the specific protection risks identified in the context of Ukraine, as well as the recommendations to ensure an inclusive programming, advocacy and responses. The note is also available here.