UN Free and Equal Campaign in support of LGBTI rights
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - End Discrimination materials
LGBTI Refugees - how the UN is helping
The Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex persons
UN Cares is another way we demonstrate our support for LGBTI equality
The UN Cares programme designed to reduce the impact of HIV on the UN workplace by supporting “universal access” to a comprehensive range of benefits for all UN personnel and their families. These benefits – known as the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards – include information and education, voluntary counseling and testing, access to male and female condoms, and emergency prevention measures in case of accidental exposure, among others. The Standards also call for increased measures to stop stigma and discrimination.
read moreUN Trinidad and Tobago rolled out its 2017 programme that has a special focus on LGBTI persons . The aim of this segment of the training for staff is create a better understanding on what it means to be LGBTI and to identify some of the invisible or unnoticeable ways that people sometimes practice homophobic and transphobic discrimination; sometimes not even knowing themselves that they are doing that.
Protecting LGBTIProtecting LGBT people from violence and discrimination does not require the creation of a new set of LGBT-specific rights, nor does it require the establishment of new international human rights standards. The legal obligations of States to safeguard the human rights of LGBT people are well established in international human rights law on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequently agreed international human rights treaties. All people, irrespective of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to enjoy the protections provided for by international human rights law, including in respect of rights to life, security of person and privacy, the right to be free from torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, the right to be free from discrimination and the right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.
The core legal obligations of States with respect to protecting the human rights of LGBT people include obligations to:
- Protect individuals from homophobic and transphobic violence.
- Prevent torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
- Repeal laws criminalizing homosexuality and transgender people.
- Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Safeguard freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly for all LGBT people.
For more information on applicable international human rights standards in this context, please refer to the Born Free and Equal booklet published by OHCHR in September 2012.
UN officials urge respect for sexual and gender diversity
17 May 2017 – Marking the international day against homophobia, senior United Nations officials today called for respect for sexual and gender diversity and urged the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)…Tags: lgbti
Young people debate LGBTI issues for the first time at MUN event in Trinidad and Tobago
For the first time in the Caribbean, young adults from secondary schools across the Caribbean area met in Port of Spain to simulate a debate of the United Nations General Assembly. 50 member states were represented…
UN agrees to appoint human rights expert on protection of LGBT
1 July 2016 – The top human rights body at the United Nations has voted to appoint an independent expert on protection from violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people. The Geneva-based…
UN Response to LGBTI rights in the Caribbean
Far too often young people in the Caribbean become victims of harassment and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. UN specialists have indicated a higher incidence of depression, academic failure and sucide among…
UN ‘Free & Equal’ campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity, fight against homophobia
4 May 2015 – A new United Nations ‘Free & Equal’ campaign video highlighting the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community is being shown today on the massive screens in…
United Nations Resolutions - Sexual orientation and gender identity
Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (adopted 30 June 2016) - A/HRC/RES/32/2
Human Rights Council resolution - Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (adopted 17 June 2011) - A/HRC/RES/17/19
Human Rights Council resolution - Human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity (adopted 26 September 2014) - A/HRC/RES/27/32
- General Assembly resolution - Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions - A/RES/69/182
Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entities (ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP and WHO) released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
The statement is a powerful call to action to Governments to do more to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses against intersex people, and an expression of the commitment on the part of UN entities to support Member States to do so.