COVID-19 and the Human Rights of LGBTI People

12:10-1:10 p.m.

As governments respond to the novel coronavirus, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people are under increasing threat. Some face increased risks from stay-at-home orders when home is not a safe environment or when health care discrimination deters LGBTI people from seeking COVID-19 treatment. Discriminatory measures that stigmatize and blame LGBTI people for outbreaks as well as governments’ crackdown on LGBTI rights defenders, heighten vulnerabilities and violence. Instead, solutions must be found that center the rights of LGBTI people, including through economic measures to mitigate the adverse impacts of the crisis, as well as ongoing support services. Join us for a talk with Ymania Brown (ILGA World/PHRI), Gloria Careaga (UNAM), Victor Madrigal-Borloz (U.N. Independent Expert), and Danilo da Silva (LAMBDA); moderated by Larry Helfer (Duke Law).

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The series is organized by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and Just Security.


  • Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy, University of Wyoming College of Law
  • Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern’s Bluhm Legal Clinic
  • Cornell International Human Rights Clinic: Litigation and Advocacy
  • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute
  • Human Rights Center, University of Dayton
  • Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program of Harvard Law School
  • Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
  • International Commission of Jurists
  • International Human Rights Clinic, University of Chicago Law School
  • International Human Rights Law Clinic, UC Berkeley
  • Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Opinio Juris
  • Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
  • Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah