Guides and Reports

Activist’s guide to the Yogyakarta Principles

New Toolkit to advance Equality on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity The Yogyakarta Principles are a set of principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. They were developed in response to well-documented patterns of abuse directed toward persons because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

BRIDGE Development-Gender: Cutting Edge Packs

Written and produced in collaboration with partners, Cutting Edge Packs provide accessible overviews of the latest thinking on a gender theme and summaries of the most useful resources. Each pack includes an Overview Report, a Supporting Resources Collection and a copy of Gender and Development In Brief. These packs can be downloaded free from the BRIDGE website.

Demanding credibility and sustaining activism - A Guide to Sexuality-based Advocacy

This Guide helps explain the human rights standards that are most relevant to the protection of LGBTI communities in terms that are easy to grasp and framed within a broad human rights context.

Home Truths: Facing the Facts on Children, AIDS and Poverty

A report by the independent Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV and AIDS (JLICA) summarises two years of research and analysis of AIDS policies, programmes and funding and calls for fundamental shifts in global, regional and national responses to the epidemic's impact on children, their families and communities.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

This is a publication from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to try and help groups who want to be trans inclusive figure out the practical meaning of that support. And while it is centered on a US perspective, much of the broader pieces might be very useful and it is free.

New Eldis Health Key Issues Guide to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The Eldis Health Key Issues guide reviews current policy issues and explores cutting-edge debates relating to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), examining questions of definition and exploring key debates. The guide also highlights current and future challenges for attaining greater levels of sexual and reproductive well-being, and considers the role of innovative technologies and approaches in achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.

Rangaranjan Commission report on AIDS in Asia

The Gender and Reproductive Health Research Initiative: Mapping a Decade of Reproductive Health Research Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), New Delhi, India, has published a critical review of selected research spanning a decade in six topics. Please click on a topic below to download the report:

Report on Mapping of MSM Groups, Organisations andNetworks in South Asia, No. 3, November 2008Report on Mapping of MSM Groups, Organisations and Networks in South Asia, No. 2, July 2008

Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) has developed two mapping reports for MSM and Transgender organizations is South Asia, with support from Hivos and UNAIDS. These mapping reports were produced as part of a larger strategy for mapping MSM and TG organisations in the Asia and Pacific region, and provision of networking support for such organizations in areas where there has been limited development.

The Right that Dares to Speak its Name: Naz Foundation vs.The Union of India and Others.

Published by the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, India, this report provides a guide to the various components of the landmark High Court judgement reading down Section 377 and decriminalising homosexuality in Delhi, India. The authors have included the outline of the final arguments submitted to the Bench and opinion pieces from within the media that ensued shortly after the historical judgement. This report reflects a decade of work by LGBT activists, providing an insight into the journey and success of the Naz Judgement.

Together, Apart: Organizing around Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Worldwide –

This 44-page report prepared by Human Rights Watch demonstrates that many groups defending LGBT rights – especially throughout the global South – still have limited access to funding, and courageously face sometimes-murderous attacks without adequate support from a broader human rights community.

The report is based on written surveys and in-depth interviews with more than 100 activists working for LGBT rights in five regions: sub-Saharan Africa; the Middle East and North Africa; Eastern Europe and Central Asia; the Asia and Pacific region; and Latin America and the Caribbean. In each region, the report outlines prevailing patterns of abuse and rights violations; the political and social challenges, and opportunities that activists see ahead; and key strategies these movements are using to achieve social change.

Yogyakarta Principles

The Yogyakarta Principles are a set of principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. They came into being as a response to the abuse and violence that is directed toward people because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the society. A distinguished group of human rights experts had drafted, developed, discussed and refined the principles first and this was followed by an experts meeting in 2009 held at Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

You, Your Life, Your Dreams

A peer education manual for Adolescents in the English-speaking Caribbean, produced by Family Care International (FCI) in conjunction with UNFPA Jamaica, and the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago. It is an important educational resource for young people and for program staff in government ministries, youth clubs, family planning agencies, and other organizations that work with young people. Easy to read and visually attractive, it provides accessible, objective, and urgently-needed information on a broad range of issues that matter to adolescents, empowering them to make informed decisions about their sexual lives and reproductive health. It can be downloaded at, in the following editions: English- speaking Africa (2000), French (2003), Spanish (2007), English-speaking Caribbean (2008).