About the caucus

History

The Global Equality Caucus is an international network of parliamentarians and elected representatives aiming to tackle discrimination against LGBT+ people. Membership is open to legislators across the world, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics.

We are the first dedicated global network aimed at bringing together elected representatives to promote LGBT+ rights. We work together with NGOs, businesses and governments to promote and drive through measures on anti-discrimination and equality.

Politicians are in a unique position to advocate directly for political and legislative action.  We pass laws, vote funds and influence leaders. The Global Equality Caucus believes that politics has the power to change people’s lives, and we are united in a belief in equality for all.

We launched at the United Nations in New York City on 21 June 2019, where a delegation of elected representatives from all corners of the world spoke about their experiences in advocating for equality and signed a pledge to tackle LGBT+ discrimination in all its forms. You can view the New York Declaration here.

Elected representatives from across the world sign our New York Declaration at the United Nations.

Elected representatives from across the world sign our New York Declaration at the United Nations.

Strategy and mission

The Caucus supports collective action for campaigns, facilitates the sharing of information, and aims to influence debate at national, regional and international levels.  We are united in our mission to drive change across five key priorities 

1. Support decriminalisation and the end of violence against LGBT+ people.

2. Support equal rights and non-discrimination for LGBT+ people.

3. Ensure that LGBT+ people have equal access to healthcare, including HIV treatment and support for trans people.

4. Ensure that data is collected so that governments can be held accountable for how LGBT+ are treated.

5. Support and urge funding for NGOs which are working for LGBT+ people.

Our early priorities are focused on building our membership and supporter base:

We aim to:

  • Attract allies as well as those who identify as LGBT+.

  • Recruit individual legislators, national or regional.

  • Connect national or regional parliamentary LGBT+ caucuses, such as the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights and the US Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

  • Recruit ministers and members of national or regional executives, governors and mayors.

  • Allow former legislators, ministers or members of national or regional executives and mayors to become associate members. 

  • We will take forward priority issues after consultation with our members and partners.

Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, speaking at the Global Equality Caucus launch event.

Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, speaking at the Global Equality Caucus launch event.

 

Why we are needed

Amazing progress has been made in some parts of the world – employment protections, equal marriage and the ability to change your gender are available in many countries.

However, homosexuality is still illegal in dozens of countries with the death penalty an option in 11 of them. And LGBT+ people still face violence and discrimination in every region of the globe. Read more key statistics here.

We believe that LGBT+ rights are human rights which should be universal, that all human beings are born free and equal, and that acts of violence and discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity are wrong.

We are the first ever international network of elected representatives dedicated to achieving LGBT+ equality. The need for co-ordinated political and legislative action and a global response to LGBT+ discrimination is necessary more than ever in an increasingly interconnected world.

 
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