Economic empowerment & advocacy

LGBTI equality through economic empowerment

About LGBTI poverty

Micro Rainbow International Foundation’s previous studies into LGBTI poverty in CambodiaBrazil and among refugees in the United Kingdom have supported the argument that there is a link between discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity and poverty.

They also show that when poverty is combined with multiple forms of discrimination, such as gender, race, class and, most importantly, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status, there develops a reality of massive socio-economic inequality and exclusion. Put simply, LGBTI people pay a higher price to step out of poverty.

About our economic empowerment and advocacy programme

After piloting and testing activities for over five years, we have shaped an LGBTI-centred economic empowerment and advocacy programme which includes the following activities:

Our economic empowerment programme is already showing three interesting results:

  • It creates new, practical and life-changing opportunities that do not exist locally (to improve skills, to improve chances to find jobs, to set up small businesses) for LGBTI people to step out of poverty. It is instrumental in improving the livelihoods of many poor LGBTI people;
  • It changes social attitudes and the negative stereotypes that society often associates with LGBTI people. In Cambodia for example society believes that LGBTI people are destined to be homeless, poor and at the margins of society. However, our programme shows that when people start to earn some money and help the family, the community and society financially, their status improves and there is greater acceptance;

It provides new data and life stories that are powerful tools for local advocacy for better rights.

Latest updates

JaLeah Shavers

Ja’Leah Shavers – BreakOUT!

Interview with Ja’Leah Shavers, Outreach and Development Coordinator at BreakOUT! in New Orleans focusing on some of the challenges facing LGBTI youth living in poverty around the world.

Bree Sutherland

Bree Sutherland – The Gender Expansion Project

Interview with Bree Sutherland is executive director of The Gender Expansion Project (GEP) in Missoula, Montana, USA. focusing on some of the challenges facing LGBTI youth living in poverty around the world.

The staff of Arus Pelangi in a anti-bullying campaign

LGBTI people and poverty in Indonesia

King Oey of Arus Pelangi, an LGBTI organisation, which concerns itself primarily with advocating LGBTI rights discusses LGBTI people and poverty in Indonesia.