GIJN’s Resource Center: LGBTQ Resources

The areas for journalistic inquiry into LGBTQ issues are as broad as the communities themselves, ranging from shifting demographics and healthcare to hate crimes and discrimination. To help boost investigative reporting on these pressing issues, GIJN has assembled a list of key resources for journalists worldwide.

LGBTQ Resources: Media Guides

Full guide here. A variety of media guides exist on covering LGBTQ issues, most providing guidance on terminology. These include:

Investigating Anti-LGBTGI+ Hate, written and edited by Debra L. Mason and Brian Pellot, “features relevant background, tips, and sources to help journalists investigate and report on how faith groups and NGOs foment anti-LGBTQI+ hatred in the U.S. and abroad.” Published in 2019 by Taboom Media. Covering Sexual And Gender Minorities & Religion In Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reporting Guide for Journalists, was created by the Religion News Foundation and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa. The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Stylebook Supplement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Terminology is also published in Spanish.

LGBTQ Resources: Investigative Reports

Full guide here. As a resource for reporting on issues affecting LGBTQ communities, GIJN has assembled a collection of exemplary investigative reporting on these topics around the world during 2017. A major focus of investigative work in recent years has been on exposing violence against LGTBQ communities. “LGBT people are suffering a crucible of egregious violations, including killings, rape, mutilation, torture, arbitrary detention, abduction, harassment, physical and mental assaults,” Vitit Muntarbhorn, the UN’s first independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, reported in July of 2017. “People have become terribly afraid to talk,” Russia’s Elena Milashina told The New Yorker in a June 2017 interview while describing her reporting challenges.

LGBTQ Resources: Data, Documents and Sources

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To help journalists on in-depth projects into issues affecting LGBTQ communities, GIJN has assembled a broad range of data, documents, and other sources of information. This spreadsheet links to more than 50 international data sets (some downloadable), studies, national groups and places to find expert sources. Included are links to annual surveys on global attitudes and laws, United Nations reports, major regional reports, news sources, NGO contacts and more. There are quite a number of major international surveys, for example. The Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People, done by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), is based on answers to 31 questions from almost 100,000 online individuals in 65 countries.