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Housing, disasters & LGBTQIA+ people

February 2023

This brief examines the documented realities of LGBTQIA+ people in facing temporary shelters and the basis for an adequate standard of living in disaster settings. As at present, the right to an adequate standard of living is referenced in brief within DRR policy, with limited detail or elaboration on the meaning of the right beyond the tangible aspects of the provision of housing.

This paper considers three critical questions:
What are the unique shelter-related experiences of LGBTQIA+ people?
What are the varying impacts of the loss of home within the LGBTQIA+ community?
What are the international human rights obligations upon states to uphold the right to an adequate standard of living in disasters?