The Norwegian Government's Action Plan on Gender and Sexual Diversity (2023–2026)

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Goal 3: Create greater acceptance of gender and sexual diversity

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  • Ensure systematic and long-term knowledge development on gender and sexual diversity in a life-cycle perspective
  • Make knowledge of queer people's experiences available to the public sector
  • Promote queer art, culture and history for the entire population
  • Contribute to more positive attitudes towards queer people in the population

Action 20
Develop a research and development portfolio to increase knowledge

This initiative will contribute to updated, research-based knowledge on gender and sexual diversity for sector authorities and service providers' efforts to promote gender equality and combat discrimination. Priority should be given to research on queer people with minority backgrounds, queer people in religious communities, transgender people, people with gender incongruence, and inclusive sports.

Action 21
Acquire more knowledge about older queer people

During Norway's presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality and LGBTI in 2022, a project was launched to compare knowledge about the quality of life and living conditions of older queer people in the Nordic countries. The project is being carried out by Nordic Information on Gender (NIKK) and will culminate in a final conference in November 2023.

Action 22
Continue to develop indicators to measure progress development

Indicators for measuring the development of the situation of queer people in Norway will be further developed.

Action 23
Improve sex education that includes LGBT+

The Government will continue the ongoing work to support sex education in schools. In 2023, the Government provides basic funding for FRI (the Norwegian Organisation for Sexual and Gender Diversity), Pink Competency courses in schools and kindergartens, Queer Youth, Sex og Politikk, and the magazine Blikk.

Action 24
Ensure systematic and long-term development of knowledge in the defence sector

The Government will work to increase knowledge about gender and sexual diversity in the defence sector through systematic and long-term knowledge development. An example could be the introduction of gender and sexual diversity in the curricula of the Norwegian Armed Forces' education programmes, including e-learning on gender and sexual diversity in the defence sector.

Action 25
Review medical care practices for children who are born with differences in sex development

Differences in sex development (DSD) is a collective term for several rare conditions involving atypical sex development. The Government will examine current practices for the assessment and treatment of children who are born with differences in somatic sex development. The need for national standardisation and a stronger professional framework of practices will be assessed, as well as whether legal regulation is required in addition to the current regulations.