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Objections to LGBTI+ inclusion in humanitarian work

by Elodie Leroy Le Moigne, Senior Risk & Safeguarding Advisor

Part 2 of a 3-part series on LGBTI+ safety and security. Click here to read part 1: Can LGBTI+ in the aid sector really bring their 'whole selves' to work?

As a security professional in the humanitarian sector, I have worked in the world’s most volatile environments as well as in plush headquarter offices. I’ve worked for both big and small NGOs and for major UN humanitarian agencies. Throughout my career, I’ve heard the same objections to LGBTI+ inclusion in every workplace and every duty station. I’ve also worked with colleagues who are working tirelessly to overcome these objections.

Objection 1: “If we keep having to adapt our security processes to all these groups – LGBTI, women, national staff, different ethnicities, disabilities then we won’t have time to do normal security.”