The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary.

Author: Meg Davis

Organizations led by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face a “perfect storm” of state-sponsored restrictions and homophobic government rhetoric that worsens the dangerous environment for their work.  The basic space civil society needs to operate freely is closing in many countries, and politicians are targeting LGBT groups in particular.  Despite these attacks, LGBT groups are showing remarkable resilience in tough times.

This report is a first look at how mechanisms for closing civil society space are impacting LGBT communities in four key regions, with focused case studies of Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary.  “The Perfect Storm” includes recommendations for future research and for donor strategies to promote an effective, unified civil society response.

Read author Meg Davis’ blog post about writing this report “First they threw Molotov cocktails”: Closing space for LGBT groups.