Share-Net Netherlands

Our Focus

The Community of Practise (CoP) on LGBTQIA+ Health is a continuation of the earlier Working Group named 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 recognises LGBTQIA+ health as 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 LGBTQIA+, aiming to improve the health and rights of LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ health in order to present an understanding of LGBTQIA+ health, the risks and disparities that LGBTQIA+ people face and associated health needs. The focus of this paper is on the health risks and needs of the LGBTQIA+ community – 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.


In 2021, CoP members will continue to engage and support MSc students with thesis in LGBTQIA+ health (see the open call here). The theme of mental health for LGBTI population will also come back in this CoP’s activities by hosting another online meeting on lessons learnt and best practices around online tools to prevent and manage mental health for LGBTQIA+ people in low-resource settings. You can register to the online event taking place on the 21st of September here.

Feel free to join our LinkedIn group where the CoP shares knowledge, resources and upcoming events related to LGBTI health.

Who we are

Members of the Community of Practice are:

  • Paul Janssen (Individual member)
  • Lingga Triutama (Results in Health)
  • Dennis van Wanrooij (KIT Royal Tropical Institute)
  • Lazarus Kontozopoulos (Individual member)
  • Freya Terpstra (TNN)
  • Nicole Romer (Neighborhood Feminists)
  • Merette Khalil (Individual member)
  • Aly Albertson (Individual member)

New members are welcome to join the LGBTI Health CoP!

Share-Net is a membership network made up of a unique and powerful combination of NGOs and private sector parties, researchers and students, policy makers and practitioners, media outlets and advocates. Through the formation of this Community of Practice, we contribute to, discuss, share, use, and have access to evidence and knowledge-products that are most relevant to the work towards improved SRHR policies and practices of LGBTI population.

We actively want to expand our network and are inviting Share-Net Netherlands members to become part of the LGBTI Health CoP.  If you are interested to get in touch with the group, feel free to contact us directly anytime.

Resources on LGBTI Health

For more resources about LGBTQIA+ Health from SHare-Net Netherlands, please click here.


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