UN calls on governments to address discriminatory housing practices with respect to LGBT young people

Date: 26th August 2019
Category: Social security, Non-discrimination


The statement highlights an overrepresentation of LGBT young people in populations experiencing homelessness and urges governments to take action.

This statement has been issued by the UN’s Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, and the Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha.

It underlines that LGBT young people around the world are overrepresented in populations experiencing homelessness. They face socio-economic exclusion, including from within their own homes and communities, which renders them more vulnerable to violence and discrimination.

The Independent Expert and the Special Rapporteur urge governments to adopt measures to prevent LGBT youth from becoming homeless, ensure that housing policies and programmes are inclusive of LGBT people and address the needs of LGBT youth.