LGBT People

Key facts: at the beginning of 2019, homosexuality was still criminalised in 73 countries, with fifteen countries implementing the death sentence for homosexual acts. Recent research estimates an HIV prevalence of 15 per cent among men who have sex with men in South Asia, 14 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa and 6.6 per cent in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Transgender people are one of the groups most affected by the HIV epidemic. They are 49 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population. Globally, it is estimated that around 19 per cent of transgender women are living with HIV.

LGBT People

In many countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience serious violations of their human rights and obstacles to healthcare. Extreme discrimination, stigmatisation and violence hinder their ability to access life-saving HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services. As a result, LGBT people face a higher risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and those living with HIV encounter barriers to treatment, care and support. Community-led initiatives significantly improve the health and well-being of LGBT people. That is why Bridging the Gaps supports the work of organisations working with and for this key population.

What we do

  • We offer community empowerment activities.
  • We provide essential health and other services that meet the specific needs of LGBT people.
  • We advocate for the protection of LGBT people’s rights in order to ensure full access to public health care.
  • We work with LGBT people in ten countries.

What we do

  • We offer community empowerment activities.
  • We provide essential health and other services that meet the specific needs of LGBT people.
  • We advocate for the protection of LGBT people’s rights in order to ensure full access to public health care.
  • We work with LGBT people in ten countries.