Aerin Lai

Day Fifteen | Gender Violence in Conflict and Peace Processes: The Neglect of LGBT Security

.In the early 1990s, during the conflict in Northern Ireland, Prof Bell conducted some interviews with gay men and lesbian women, on police harassment for human rights research project (McVeigh, ‘Harassment – Its Part of Life Here’, 1992), which was to feed into police reforms as part of the eventual peace process. Her article illustrates the need for more awareness about the failure of peace processes and post-confllict environments to seriously addess LGBT security and peace for LGBT people. This is especially since in times of conflict, LGBT communities are often targeted in violent attacks in particular ways.

Presumptions, Prejudice and Progress: The Dynamics of Violence Against Sexual and Gender Minorities in Conflict-Affected Societies

As part of LGBTQ history month, we are reblogging highlights from our 16 Days blogathon. Fidelma Ashe writes about Northern Ireland, the increased levels of security during the period of peacebuilding – which was facilitated by the 1998 peace accord –, and how LGBTI+ people continued to experience high levels of personal insecurity combined with and compounded by social and political exclusion.