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LGBTI Rights in United Nations


ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

UN official: Past decade has seen human rights `backlash’

The past decade has seen a backlash against human rights on every front, especially the rights of women and the LGBT communities, according to a top U.N. human rights official. Andrew Gilmour,…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2019

US urges 69 nations, including Iran, to decriminalize homosexuality

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and American Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft used the UN bully pulpit on Wednesday to call on 69 nations, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2019

For LGBTQ Youth, Human Rights Day Has Special Meaning

"Youth Standing Up for Human Rights" — this year’s Human Rights Day theme — has particular resonance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world. LGBT children and young adults…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2019

U.N. awards Cyndi Lauper first social justice prize for LGBT+ work

U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper, who is set to win the United Nations’ new social justice award, said on Wednesday that her drive to end LGBT+ homelessness began in support of family and…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2019

Luxembourg prime minister makes history at UN General Assembly

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on Tuesday became the first out head of government to speak about LGBTI-specific issues at a U.N. General Assembly. “Being gay is not a choice, but not…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2019

Despite SC Ruling, India Abstains Again on Vote on LGBT Rights at UN

The Supreme Court may have decriminalised gay sex last year, but it seems the Indian government didn’t think that it was enough to revise a three-year-old position as it again abstained on…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2019

Understanding of LGBT realities ‘non-existent’ in most countries, says UN expert

In a statement issued ahead of presenting his latest report to the Human Rights Council later this month, Victor Madrigal-Borloz urged States to collect more data in an effort to understand the…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2019

World Health Organization removes “gender identity disorder” from list of mental illnesses

The World Health Organization (WHO) will remove "gender identity disorder" from its global manual of diagnoses — a major win for transgender rights. The change was announced last summer, but a resolution…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2019

Cambodian President Makes Pioneering Pledge to LGBTI Community and HIV Treatment & Prevention

Cambodia is considered one of the more progressive countries when it comes to LGBT rights. The Office of the High Commissioner of United Nations Human Rights said in a statement that “the Royal Government of…

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