Inclusive democracies value the democratic, economic, and social contributions of all citizens. Indeed, democracy itself cannot thrive unless the human rights of all people are protected, and this must include protections for often marginalized lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) peoples. Advancing rights for the protection of LGBTQI people is also closely correlated to broader democratic dividends, including efforts to address democratic backsliding, fight corruption, and build resilient movements to fight authoritarianism. These themes of the Summit for Democracy are also themes of LGBTQI movements around the world.
These report cards provide a concise measurement of the attainment of core human rights protections for LGBTQI individuals. It sets the collective standard for participating states’ core legal obligations toward their LGBTQI peoples and consequently the ability of LGBTQI citizens to contribute to and benefit from democratic institutions. Countries are graded on three dimensions: Basic Rights, Protection from Violence, and Socio-economic rights. Only one state has achieved all benchmarks. The Summit for Democracy signals the start of a year of action when all states will have an opportunity to demonstrate progress in advancing the human rights and democratic participation of their LGBTQI peoples.
The report card is based on 2020 baseline data and will be updated during the year of action to reflect advances over the coming year, culminating in a 2022 report at the end of the Summit process.