OutRight seeks to advance human rights and opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people around the world by developing critical partnerships at global, regional, and national levels to build capacity, document violations, advocate for inclusion and equality, and hold leaders accountable for protecting the rights of all LGBTIQ people. OutRight’s efforts to Map LGBTIQ Rights Globally were initiated in January 2017 and our research program seeks to enhance our capacity to design, conduct and deliver multi-country studies that provide greater and more quantifiable information about the lived reality of difference based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) among people in the Global South. The program undertakes empirical studies and data analysis in close collaboration with OutRight’s regional and UN programs and with partners, including LGBTIQ organizations worldwide and researchers in academia and elsewhere. OutRight is in a unique position to leverage new data and undertake data analysis which reveals barriers to the right to development faced by LGBTIQ people. These findings will be utilized to hold UN member states to account on the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What we know on this subject is that LGBTIQ people’s experiences in education is often incomplete and marred by homophobic bullying, discrimination, and harassment.  Other factors that pose obstacles to LGBTIQ youth completing education include lack of family acceptance given that family dynamics have been cited as the number one indicator of academic success among youth. Available data reveals little about bisexual, transgender or intersex youth experiences in education. For this project, the Capstone team will highlight the impact of lack of education qualifications on life chances/livelihoods of LGBTIQ people and the experience of violence in school, home and society that many LGBTIQ students face  by focusing on selected targets of SDGs 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all) and 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels).  OutRight will use the findings of this policy analysis to monitor LGBTIQ inclusion in development. The data that will be presented can be used in national and regional review processes to hold Member States to account as they report on their progress on implementing SDGs 4 and 16.