LGBTQI+ rights

People of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions live free and equal in dignity and rights.

Democracy is rooted in the equal and empowered inclusion of all citizens in the governance of their countries. Yet lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the world face significant barriers to participating in the political process and to living free and equal in dignity and rights. For example, nearly 70 countries criminalize private consensual same-sex conduct, leaving LGBTQI+ individuals vulnerable to arrest, blackmail, extortion, discrimination and violence. In dozens more countries, laws restrict the freedoms of expression, assembly and association of LGBTQI+ people and their allies.

In recognition of the unique barriers to participation that LGBTQI+ people face, IFES takes a nuanced, informed approach to LGBTQI+ program design and implementation. IFES provides technical assistance to civil society organizations, as well as to governments and election management bodies on how to ensure LGBTQ people can meaningfully participate in electoral processes and political and public life. IFES recognizes that working with LGBTQI+ individuals requires a Do No Harm approach due to security risks, legal barriers, and cultural sensitivities.

Explore our resources linked here to learn more and get involved.


View All
Nothing was found. Try our Search.


View All
Nothing was found. Try our Events Search.

IFES Mentions

View All
Nothing was found. Try our Search.

IFES Democratic Resilience Lab

IFES designs, tests and deploys innovative strategies and capabilities to strengthen democratic resilience and counter backsliding and authoritarianism.

Focus Areas

IFES joins with others to tackle the most pressing issues for democracy and elections today.