We at ILGA-Europe are working to improve our understanding of the kinds of issues that LGBTI people are facing in the region and would like your help to do a mapping and assessment exercise. We know from community discussions, direct contact with you and word of mouth that lots of things are happening to members of our community due to the COVID-19 crisis. To do more effective advocacy at the regional and international level, we need a few more details about which problems are happening in which countries.

This survey will ask about the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI people, covering the following topics:
 a) Health and access to health
 b) Hate speech by political and religious leaders amid COVID 19
 c) Domestic violence and legal and policy response
 d) Access to public relief programmes / need for food and basic services distributions
 e) Legal services derogations (LGR postponements, people held in detention awaiting trials, identity documentation)
 f) Other human rights abuses against the LGBTI community, specifically linked to the COVID-19 emergency situation or pre-existing abuses exacerbated by the situation
 g) Ability to engage with policy-makers, impact on organising advocacy and campaigns
 h) Examples of good practice

Information provided by the members will be used by ILGA-Europe to better understand trends in specific impact and human rights violations and the situation in the given country. Understanding current issues faced by LGBTI people will help ILGA-Europe to develop effective, evidence-based legal and policy and action demands for EU institutions and local governments. We are currently looking into how to best make the information collected available to members, as well as policy-makers and other actors.   

In addition to using this information to inform institutions, we will take any inputs you provide for this process and ensure their inclusion in the development of the Annual Review at the end of the year. We hope that will make the Annual Review process a bit easier for you.

Based on the information collected, we will very soon organise thematic webinars to talk about what is happening in the region, to identify the needs and discuss together what policy responses need to look like. More information shortly.
 
This survey consists 20 questions (a mix of multiple-choice and free response) and should take 15-30 minutes to complete, depending on how much detail you provide on what is happening in your context.

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* 1. Organisation

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* 2. Name of person making this submission

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* 3. Email address (to follow-up with any questions)

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* 4. Country or region

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* 5. In your country, are there problems for LGBTI people in terms of access to health caused by COVID-19? For example, limitations in access to hormone therapies or mental health, limitations in access to HIV testing, treatment, or medication, cancelation or deferral of assisted reproduction or contraception, or others.

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* 6. If yes, please describe the summary of the issues related to access to health that LGBTI people are facing in the context of COVID 19.

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* 7. In your country, are LGBTI people being blamed by political and religious leaders for COVID-19? For example, pastors stating that disasters and epidemics are warnings from God not to allow same-sex marriage.

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* 8. If yes, please, provide us with a summary of incidents of LGBTI people being blamed for the pandemic, source (URL link, newspaper, TV, Facebook), and bias motivation (LGBTI or specific group).

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* 9. In your country, did COVID-19 lead to an increase in or increased consequences of domestic violence against LGBTI people? For example, closure of shelters or support services to victims of domestic violence, isolation of LGBTI people with perpetrators of violence (inability to leave the home or place of legal residence), or others.

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* 10. If yes, please describe the summary of the issues related to domestic violence against LGBTI people in the context of COVID 19.

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* 11. In your country, are there problems for LGBTI people in terms of access to public assistance, support, and service programmes developed in response to COVID-19? For example, food distribution, unemployment programmes, or financial support programmes that do not serve part or all of the LGBTI community. If your organisation is doing direct service such as feeding people or helping to pay rent, please mark yes for this question and tell us what you’re doing!

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* 12. If yes, please describe the summary of the issues in terms of access to public assistance, support, and service programmes that LGBTI people are facing in the context of COVID 19.

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* 13. In your country, are there problems for LGBTI people in terms of access to justice, registration, or legal issues by COVID-19? For example, suspensions of legal gender recognition processes, LGBTI people in jail awaiting trial or transfer and unable to be processed due to court shutdowns or other issues, Rainbow Families unable to register in ways that protect their rights.

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* 14. If yes, please describe the summary of the issues related to access to justice, registration, or legal issues that LGBTI people are facing in the context of COVID 19

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* 15. Has the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on your organisation’s capacity to engage with policy makers, and on your capacity to do advocacy and run campaigns?

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* 16. If yes, please elaborate a bit on the change in your ability to engage with policymakers or to do advocacy or run campaigns.

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* 17. In your country, are there other problems for LGBTI people by COVID-19 that haven’t been covered in the previous questions? For example, suspensions of asylum applications, discrimination of LGBTI people in policing of emergency measures, or disproportionate impact of emergency measures on LGBTI people.

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* 18. If yes, please describe the summary of the other issues that LGBTI people are facing in the context of COVID 19.

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* 19. Are there examples of good practice for dealing with the COVID-19 crisis with respect to LGBTI communities in your country?

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* 20. If yes, please describe the good practice examples.

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