Posted by: outandequal | June 17, 2011

United Nations Addresses LGBT Human Rights

Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training

I am on a call with the State Department and feeling very Proud today for the global LGBT human rights:

Passing today by a vote of 23 to 19 (with 3 countries abstaining), an important resolution at the UN:

This historic resolution, presented by South Africa, affirms the universality of human rights, and notes concern about acts of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on violence and discrimination on these grounds, and calls for a panel discussion to be held at the Human Rights Council to discuss the findings of the study in a constructive and transparent manner, and to consider appropriate follow-up.

This doesn’t stop the violence we see around the world against LGBT citizens, but it is an important step to putting a microscope on the issues faced by our community around the world.  It is starting to sound like a mantra for me, but this report will provide important metrics that will help to move policy and realization for those outside the LGBT community that this is a global human rights issue!

As you march in parades, festivals and celebrate Pride, remember there are many who can only be out to themselves and live in fear!  One small step…

Out & Equal issued a press release on this landmark UN resolution.

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