Briefing Paper: The Homophobia and Transphobia Experienced by LGBT Sex Workers


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience targeted homophobia and transphobia at every level – including legal, political and social. For sex workers who are LGBT, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity adds to and intensifies the discrimination they experience as sex workers. 

This Briefing Paper documents the stigma and discrimination experienced by LGBT sex workers and highlights differences in their experiences when compared with other members of their respective communities. It also includes recommendations for addressing the double stigma and discrimination experienced by those at the intersection of the sex work and LGBT communities. A Community Guide is also available

Contents include:

  • Criminalisation of sex work and LGBT communities: the impact of double discrimination
  • Policing of LGBT sex workers
  • Access to healthcare
  • Vulnerability to Violence
  • Social, cultural, political and religious barriers that impact LGBT sex workers 
  • Discrimination from within communities 
  • LGBT migrant sex workers
  • Allies and Safety
  • Potential alliances for development
  • Recommendations

You can download this 18 page resource above. This paper is available in Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

This paper is a collaborative effort between MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly MSMGF) and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP).