The UN calls for the fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

В ООН призывают бороться с гомофобией, бифобией и трансфобией

New York City Pride Parade 2023. The UN calls for the fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia Human rights

The UN Secretary-General welcomes the work of activists defending the rights of members of the LGBTIQ+ community. He commends their fight against discrimination and their commitment to ensuring that everyone is equal before the law. Antonio Guterres stated this in his message on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. 

No one will be left behind 

The UN chief recalled that “there are also alarming examples of movement in the opposite direction” when Outdated prejudices are reflected in new laws that exploit fears and incite hatred.

This year’s theme is “Leaving No One Behind: Equality, Freedom and Justice for All.” According to Guterres, it reflects the need to respect human rights and the dignity of everyone. “To make these rights a reality, action must be taken around the world,” he said, calling for an end to the criminalization of same-sex relationships, as well as an end to all forms of violence, discrimination and harmful practices against LGBTIQ+ communities.

“Let us commit ourselves to building a world in which respect, dignity and human rights are respected throughout the world, and we will move in this direction every day,” the UN chief concluded his message . 

LGBTIQ+ communities continue to face discrimination 

As of the end of 2023, more than 100 countries had taken proactive measures to protect LGBTIQ+ rights. This was reported in a statement by UN Women on the occasion of the Day. Legal reforms in 35 UN member states have led to full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Forty-three UN member states prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or sexual characteristics.

However, anti-homosexual tendencies and overt criminalization of same-sex relationships. In addition, there has been a wave of legislative efforts aimed at restricting the rights of transgender people, and the emergence of “anti-propaganda” laws. 

Only 37 member states officially provide refuge for persons who have been discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or gender characteristics. Moreover, during crises, marginalized groups, including LGBTIQ+ groups, tend to experience the worst impacts of these crises, and yet they are routinely denied much-needed individual assistance.  

Fairness for All 

“2024 is a major election year in history, presenting a unique opportunity to demand accountability from those making decisions decisions, and those in power to dismantle repressive systems, promote legislative reforms and inclusive policies that protect rights, promote and defend the inclusion, participation and leadership of LGBTIQ+ people in the democratic process as the only path to achieving equality, freedom and justice for all,” the structure emphasizes “UN Women”. 


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