Policy paper

DFID’s approach on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) rights

DFID’s approach on LGB&T rights focuses on working with organisations in developing countries; building new relationships and utilising evidence to support change.



DFID recognises that the realisation of human rights underpins sustainable development. Across our work we will seek to protect the human rights of LGB&T people, and to ensure that all groups are able to share in the benefits of development, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. In order to move DFID’s work on LGB&T rights into the next phase, DFID will focus on building clarity and narrative around non-discrimination in development, positioning LGB&T as a core development issue; identifying and engaging with the Southern voices that are beginning to emerge; building new relationships (with civil society and the private sector for example) for indirect influence on decision-makers and on society, and, developing and utilising evidence to support sustainable change.

Published 9 February 2016