Report Background

COVID-19 Call and Consultation

On 7 April, TCEN members held a rapid-response call to discuss COVID-19 challenges for the LGBTI+ movement and its communities across the Commonwealth. Present on the call were TCEN members representing the following countries:

  • Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria eSwatini, South Africa

  • Americas: Belize, Barbados, Canada, Jamaica St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago

  • Asia: Malaysia, Singapore

  • Europe: Cyprus, United Kingdom


Their testimony is also included in the following report.

29 participants responded to the online Consultation. These respondents represented 26 TCEN members from 22 Commonwealth countries, with work reaching the following areas:

  • Africa: Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius, eSwatini, Zambia

  • Americas: Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent

  • Asia: Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka

  • Europe: Cyprus, Malta, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Pacific: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


In total, this report is a culmination of evidence built from TCEN members and the LGBTI+ communities represented on the COVID-19 Rapid Response call, as well as those that responded to the online consultation.