Social Inclusion is central to achieving the World Bank twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. As the Social Development Flagship Report ‘Inclusion Matters’ notes, exclusion based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) exists in different forms across cultures, and in every region. Homosexuality is illegal in many countries, sometimes even punishable by death, although it is common for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people to face social exclusion even where homosexuality is not illegal. Social stigma driven by homophobia and discriminatory laws fuels the exclusion of LGBT people and create barriers to accessing markets, services and spaces.
Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17), the SOGI Task Force and the Social Inclusion Global Solutions Group invite you to a panel about the role of development in addressing SOGI-based exclusion.