Statement on the 29th session of the Human Rights Council
Item 3 – Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
International Lesbian and Gay Association — Europe
Delivered by Mr. Quero Garcia Alberto
We would like to congratulate the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights for highlighting inequalities between groups of people with different sexual orientations and the need to tackle gender-based discrimination in order to reduce economic inequalities.
We would like to emphasize that LGBTI people are vulnerable to poverty situations in many parts of the world because of the multiple forms of discrimination they face, including on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or intersex status.
They are also victims of gender-based discrimination, especially lesbians and trans people. In fact, expressions of homo and transphobia are often seen as sub products of gender inequalities.
Such forms of discrimination take place in the access to education, health, work, social benefits, among others, and such populations are deeply affected by disproportionate income distribution and socioeconomic inequalities.
Moreover, LGBTI people have fewer opportunities for employment and are obstructed from overcoming poverty and improving the enjoyment of basic human rights.
We call on States to take immediate steps to prohibit all forms of discrimination and to ensure that LGBTI people are included in their poverty reduction strategies. States should also increase their access to formal education, quality health services, equal employment opportunities, decent treatment at work, full social benefits and guarantee other means for LGBTI people to step out of poverty.
Finally, we call on the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Mr. Philip Alston, to ensure that LGBTI people are systematically included in the mandate’s future reports and country missions.
Thank you Mr President.
 And on behalf of Micro Rainbow, an organisation that aims to alleviate poverty in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex populations across the world.