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The UNAIDS Strategic Information Department has been working with the LGBT Foundation, the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of Minnesota to create a global platform for amplifying the voices, experiences, and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. As a result, we are launching a Global Internet LGBTI Survey on Happiness, Sex and Quality of Life.
The LGBT Happiness Study, is the Global Survey on Happiness, Sex and Quality of Life among LGBTI people is a major global research study for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people aims to give a voice to this community around the world.
Happiness and quality of life are both essential to people’s wellbeing. Yet, in too many countries LGBTI are seriously compromised due to the stigma, discrimination, violence and even the criminalisation they are facing. Excess mental stress affects their health, welfare and prosperity. This marginalisation that the LGBT community is facing creates further economic inequalities and barriers to accessing health services, including HIV services.
LGBT people face inequalities of standards of living, health, and because of homophobia, face additional discrimination in education, workplace, and a variety of institutional, governmental, and societal. Levels of abuse and the burdens of those play out in overall well being. The happiness study measures this variance across many variables.
The survey seeks to generate evidence to better understand the socioecological environment of the LGBTI communities around the world, and help direct advocacy and decision making. The survey aims to inform how various factors (e.g. demographic, economic, homophobic, psychosocial, attitudinal, behavioural) are associated with vulnerability to HIV infection and access to health care.
The survey was launched officially on 3rd of May and
will remain open until 31 July 2019.
The survey takes an average 12 minutes to complete.
The survey was approved by the Research Board of Ethics of the University of Aix-Marseille, and by the WHO Research Ethics Review Committee (ERC). The survey tool is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is probably the highest standard with respect to privacy and personal data.The completed research protocol is available upon request.
The survey is designed in collaboration with representatives of the PLHIV and LGBTI communities who have our thanks for their valuable help to develop the content of the survey. We also wanted to thank our dedicated volunteers who provided support to ensure that the translations and proof-reading were completed on time.