This fifth guide of the Urban Institute’s Do No Harm Project explores the importance of recognizing and respecting the dignity and rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals, emphasizing the evolving understanding of gender and sexual orientation beyond binary definitions. It focuses on the challenges and best practices in collecting, analyzing, and communicating data related to gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

The guide lists the following key points:

  • Need for transparency in data collection,
  • Clarity in research goals,
  • flexibility in data collection methods,
  • Language considerations, and
  • Ensuring Privacy and safety.

Ultimately, the guide underscores the critical role of data in addressing disparities, shaping public discourse, and guiding decision-making to protect LGBTQIA+ rights and improve their well-being, while also emphasizing the importance of considering the impact on individuals’ health, livelihoods, and freedoms.

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