LGBTI Health

Our focus

The Community of Practise (CoP) on LGBTI Health is a continuation of the earlier Working Group Sexual Diversity, and builds on earlier Share-Net Netherlands’ work on sexual diversity and SRHR.

Sexual orientation, gender identity and expression are important social determinants of health. They can and do affect health needs and vulnerabilities, health (seeking) behaviours and access and quality of health services. Share-Net Netherlands recognise “LGBTI health” is an important component of SRHR and gender equality. Several SN-NL members work towards improving health of people and communities of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities.

The overall goal of the CoP is to improve LGBTI health and rights in the Netherlands and globally.

What we do

Specific objective is to improve knowledge, capacities and actions of SNNL members through

  • Building a community of practice to explore LGBTI Health, to encourage member participation and learning, and developing the wider knowledge network
  • Sharing information, knowledge and experience in LGBTI Health programming and policies
  • Developing knowledge products, informing research agendas and promoting translation of knowledge by policy makers and practitioners.

Activities in 2020

On November 5th, the CoP organised a virtual meeting on Mental health and LGBTI aiming to improve the health and rights of LGBTI people and communities by strengthening the knowledge and capacities of professionals. The webinar was well attended by more than 70 Master students and representatives of the wider SRHR community. You can  (re-)watch the presentation sessions here and find a short webinar report based on mentimeter results here.

Furthermore, the CoP commissioned a literature review which explores the concepts and dimensions of LGBTI health in order to present an understanding of LGBTI health, the risks and disparities that LGBTI people face and associated health needs. The focus of this paper is on the health risks and needs of LGBTI – as a highly heterogeneous group of varying sexual and gender identities with diverse health needs – both independently and in relation to the health of the general population. Access and read the paper on LGBTI health here.


Activities in 2021

The CoP has created a quiz based on a paper written by Jennifer Sawyer titled “Understanding LGBTI health: health issues and needs of LGBTI communities”, commissioned by CoP in 2020. You can access the full paper here.

How much do you know about the health issues and needs of LGBTI people? Test your knowledge and take the quiz here.

The theme of mental health for LGBTI population also came back in this CoP’s activities in 2021, by hosting another online meeting on lessons learnt/best practices around online tools to prevent and manage mental health for LGBTI. You can find the recording and a short report from the webinar here.


In 2021, CoP members will continue to engage and support MSc students with thesis in LGBTI health (see the open call here).

Who we are

Members of the Community of Practice are:

  • Paul Janssen (Individual member)
  • Lingga Triutama (Results in Health)
  • Lazarus Kontozopoulos (Individual member)
  • Nicole Romer (Neighborhood Feminists)
  • Merette Khalil (Individual member)

To contact us directly please write to Bless-me Ajani at!

Resources on LGBTI Health

For more resources about LGBTI Health, please click here.

If you would like to submit resources on LGBTI Health yourself, you can do so via this submission form. Please make sure to include the original source of the resource in the content box.