The LGBT Knowledge Centre is a centre within the Norwegian government whose aim is to improve the living conditions and life quality of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans people and intersex people.
The LGBT Knowledge Centre is a nexus of expertise on LGBTI issues, and works closely with government officials, scientists and advocacy groups. The centre provides, and makes available, relevant knowledge on the issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
The establishment of the centre signals that the Norwegian government considers expert knowledge concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and intersex people's lives, and well-being, a responsibility of the state. Norway has done ground-breaking work within the area of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The LGBT Knowledge centre is working for a better life for everyone - regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Our goal is to inform civil servants in regional and local authorities in order for them to have a better knowledge about the challenges LGBTI individuals may face in everyday life.
In order to expand our knowledge, the centre has initiated new research on the living conditions for these groups. The centre has also focused on research on LGBT people with disabilities, LGBT families and LGBT people with an ethnic minority background.
The LGBT Knowledge Centre was launched in 2011, as part of the implementation of the Government's action plan, "Improving Quality of Life Among Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans Persons" (2009-2012 - PDF).
Promoting human rights for LGBT persons internationally
Norway is a staunch defender of human rights, including the rights of LGBTI people. It is important to cooperate with other countries and organisations to ensure that everyone’s human rights are respected, with no exception for LGBTI people.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed the guidelines “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (PDF), to strengthen the Norwegian Foreign Service’s work to promote and protect the rights of sexual and gender minorities internationally.
Fact booklet: Summarizing research on living conditions
The LGBT Knowledge Centre published a fact booklet in 2014, making the most up to date and current research on living conditions for LGBT people in Norway easily available. This fact booklet now has an English translation.
The booklet summarizes research and knowledge on the living conditions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Norway. The thematic sections contained in the booklet are: Living as an LGBT person; Children and family; Leisure and sports; School and education; Employment; Health care; Violence, discrimination and legal status; Intersecting identities, and; Queer arts, culture and history.
The booklet contains a glossary of LGBT-related terms, a list and description of Norwegian LGBT-organisations as well as several references to the most up to date and relevant research in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity.