How We Work

National Laws & Policies

National Laws & Policies

States’ national laws and policies have a great impact on the daily lives of LGBTI persons, and are vital in protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons and promoting inclusive development.


Improvements in this field are still not equal in every country and people in virtually every country of the world still face discrimination because of their sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. In some countries, people still face persecution and criminalization on the basis of SOGIESC; some countries have put in place laws and policies to prohibit discrimination and/or engage in affirmative measures (marriage equality, gender identity laws, etc.); and still others have implemented inclusive public policies, even though their legislative framework does not provide for equality or protection from discrimination.

The coordination of States with each other, with civil society organisations, and with multilaterals and other key stakeholders is vital to progress domestic legislation and policy in Member and non-Member States. The Founding Principles of the ERC, as agreed by Member States, include commitments to share information between States on how best to advance the human rights of, and support inclusive development for, LGBTI persons, engaging all relevant stakeholders, including regional and multilateral organisations, civil society organisations, and the private sector, and consulting closely with civil society to ensure an environment in which LGBTI persons’ human rights can be respected, protected, and promoted.

The National Laws & Policies Thematic Group works to share and promote good practices, experiences and regulations regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics, with the goal of encouraging the development of progressive policies in other States. This allows the design and advancement of national and international policies for the protection, promotion and full access to human rights of the LGBTI population.

The group identifies key working methods:

  • Identifying domestic policies in States.
  • Sharing briefings with ERC States, and working bilaterally with ERC members to determine in which area they could advance legislation/policies related to LGBTI rights.
  • Holding regular sessions with ERC members to share lessons learned and best practices on specific topics.
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2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021


CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

07 July 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic & LGBTIQ+ communities: a call for action for government & multilateral donors

20 April 2021

Research Briefing

Gender Recognition and Trans Rights in the UK

20 October 2020


Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities

20 April 2020

Equal Rights Coalition Civil Society Roles & Structure Proposal

20 November 2018


ERC 2021 Convening Civil Society Statement

09 July 2021

Strategic Document

Equal Rights Coalition Strategic Plan 2021-2026

06 July 2021

Strategic Document

Annex B: Five-Year Implementation Plan

06 July 2021


A statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on serious human rights violations and abuses against LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

19 April 2021


Equal Rights Coalition’s (ERC) statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the human rights of LGBTI persons

15 May 2020


Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

13 April 2019