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UNFPA - Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2018

members of the LGBTI community and straight allies celebrate after the Trinidad and Tobago high court ruling
members of the LGBTI community and straight allies celebrate after the Trinidad and Tobago high court ruling photo: UNIC Port of Spain/W Ramnarine

Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2018 (17 May 2018)

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, stands with all members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities worldwide.

Every person, without any distinction on any grounds, has an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma of any kind. Human rights are universal. Cultural, religious and moral practices and beliefs, and social attitudes must not be invoked to justify human rights violations against any group, including LGBTI persons.

While welcoming increasing efforts in many countries to protect the rights of LGBTI people, UNFPA remains seriously concerned that around the world, millions of LGBTI individuals, those perceived as LGBTI, and their families face widespread human rights abuse and violence. This is cause for alarm – and action.

As an employer, UNFPA commits to fostering a workplace where LGBTI employees can be themselves and work productively, with the full support and respect of all their colleagues.

UNFPA stands ready to support United Nations Member States and other stakeholders as they work to tackle head-on the many challenges facing LGBTI citizens. As a global community, we must respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights of every LGBTI person.

 

Executive Director

UNFPA

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