Gender equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people is usually viewed through a human rights lens, but equality and inclusion of LGBT people are also important economic development issues. A World Bank Group event, The Economic Cost of Homophobia: How LGBT Exclusion Impacts Development, discussed the evidence of the economic cost of stigma and the exclusion of LGBT people in social institutions such as education, employment, families, and health care, in India. A recent UN human rights report, Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, also noted that LGBT people are at a troubling risk of homicidal violence, highlighting the increased risk that LGBT women face because of gender-based discrimination. Another study by the Human Rights Campaign and the Trans People of Color Coalition, Addressing Anti-Transgender Violence: Exploring Realities and Solutions for Policymakers and Community Advocates, estimates that transgender women in the US face 4.3 times the risk of becoming homicide victims than the general population of women.
This seminar, involving a panel of experts, including keynote speaker, Professor Lee Badgett, professor of economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, USA; Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, the first transgender legislator in the Philippines, and recently cited by TIME magazine as one of the 13 most inspiring women globally; ADB lawyer, Mr. Jogendra Ghimire; and Mr. Brian Tenorio, President of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, will explore some of the implications for development work in the Asia and Pacific region. The seminar will be opened by ADB's Managing Director General, Juan Miranda.
To explore some of the implications of LGBT equality and inclusion for development work in the Asia and Pacific region.
ADB staff and consultants, policy makers, academics, researchers, members of the diplomatic community, advocates, and the general public.
- Professor Lee Badgett, a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute
- Congresswoman Geraldine Roman, the first transgender woman elected to the Congress of the Philippines and recently cited by Motto (a subsidiary of Time magazine) to be one of the 13 most inspiring women of 2016 globally.
- Jogendra Ghimire, Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank
- Brian Tenorio, Chair, Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce