During the Pandemic, the Monthly Income of the Members of the LGBTQ Community was Reduced Threefold – Coalition for Equality

The Informal Association – Coalition for Equality – has published a report on the implementation of the Right to Protection Against Discrimination in 2021, which includes the rights of children, persons with disabilities, women, LGBT people, non-dominant religious associations, ethnic minorities, foreigners, conflict victims, refugees and displaced persons. Includes a review of the state of the media.

Speaking about the challenges facing the LGBTQ community in 2021, it was noted that during the pandemic, the median monthly income of community members was reduced by three times to 300 GEL. This points to the lack of attention to the needs of LGBTQ people in the state anti-crisis policy. In addition, observations of a group of WISG medical and social service recipients indicate a growing number of community members moving abroad.

The report notes the increased rate of prosecution on the grounds of SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity), but notes that there is a significant difference between the “SOGI mark identified by law enforcement and the statistics of violence experienced by community members.”

In addition, when talking about the challenges facing LGBTQ people, it is said that there are no trans-specific medical services and guidelines. The problems such as the lack of public services for victims of hate crimes, the LGBTQ community is not given the right to freedom of assembly, still persists. It also mentions the historical decision by the European court on the case of May 17 2013 in which the state was held accountable.

The report also includes recommendations to the Government of Georgia, the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Parliament and the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Education and Science. Directed.

Coalition for Equality is an informal association established with the support of the Georgian Open Society Foundation, which includes the Georgian Open Society Foundation, the Center for Social Justice, the Rights of Georgia, Safari, the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, the Women’s Initiative Support Group, the Georgian Democratic Initiative, the Human Rights Initiative, and Equality Movement. 


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