On the Margins of Development: Asia Pacific LGBT Inclusion, Poverty Reduction, and Prosperity

05 December 2016

Explore the connections between LGBT issues and economic development in Asia and the Pacific.

Gender equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people is usually viewed through a human rights lens, but equality and inclusion of LGBT people are also important economic development issues.

A recent World Bank Group report, The Economic Cost of Homophobia and the Exclusion of LGBT People: A Case Study of India, argues that there is clear evidence of the economic cost of stigma and the exclusion of LGBT people in social institutions such as education, employment, families, and health care, in India. A recent United Nations human rights report, Discrimination and Violence against Individuals based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, also noted that LGBT people are at a troubling risk of homicidal violence. Another study by the Human Rights Campaign and the Trans People of Color Coalition, Addressing Anti-Transgender Violence: Exploring Realities and Solutions for Policymakers and Community Advocates, estimates that transgender women in the United States face 4.3 times the risk of becoming homicide victims than the general population of women.

This seminar, involving a panel of experts, explored some of these issues and their implications for development work in the Asia and Pacific region. 

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
05 Dec 2016 Opening Remarks Juan Miranda
05 Dec 2016 Keynote Speech The Economic Cost of Exclusion of LGBT People [Slides] [Multimedia] M.V. Lee Badgett, Williams Distinguished Scholar of the Williams Institute, shared insights on the implications of excluding lesbian, gay... M.V. Lee Badgett
05 Dec 2016 Panel Discussion A Long Day's Journey into the House
Geraldine Roman is a Filipino journalist and politician. She was elected as the Representative of the 1st District of Bataan following the 2016...
Geraldine Roman
05 Dec 2016 Panel Discussion The Legal Situation of LGBT People in Asia and Pacific Developing Countries [Slides] [Multimedia] Asian Development Bank's Jogendra Ghimire talks about relevant laws on sexual orientation, particularly policies and laws that promote lesbian... Jogendra Ghimire
05 Dec 2016 Panel Discussion Philippines: LGBT (now) in Business [Multimedia] [Slides] Brian Tenorio is the Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce. He is also CEO and Founder of Kape Coffee Company and Tenorium Enterprise... Brian Tenorio
05 Dec 2016 Session Video - On the Margins of Development: Asia Pacific LGBT Inclusion Poverty Reduction and Prosperity
Gender equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people is usually viewed through a human rights lens, but equality and inclusion...
M.V. Lee Badgett, Geraldine Roman, Jogendra Ghimire, Brian Tenorio


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