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

Episodes of discrimination of LGBT people in Brazil

We have consulted with almost 50 LGBT people in Rio de Janeiro and are currently drafting a report, to be published in the second half of the year. We wanted to share some of the upsetting answers we have received when we asked interviewees if they had ever experienced discrimination.

Majorie Marchi

Majorie Marchi: improving the lives of trans people in Rio de Janeiro

Majorie Marchi is the President of ASTRA-Rio, the Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals of Rio de Janeiro. Since 2011 she has been an officer at the program Rio sem Homofobia, part of the government of the State of Rio de Janeiro, which also offered assistance for our fieldwork.