U.N. Urged to Confront Rising Tide of Homophobia

Published: October 19, 2010

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (IPS) – Nearly than two years after the Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was proposed to the United Nations General Assembly, many civil society groups say that little has been done to safeguard the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world.

In a perverse commemoration of the U.N.’s failure to adopt the declaration, the past two months have witnessed a wave of homophobia across the United States, which has led to nine teen suicides and countless hate crimes. Charles Radcliffe, a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told IPS that the High Commissioner was "deeply saddened to read of the teenagers who reportedly took their own lives following relentless homophobic bullying and taunting by their peers at school or in their communities."

"Denying human rights to individuals based on their identity carries a terrible price," Radcliffe said. "Every human being is born equal in dignity and worth. OHCHR is committed to working for equal rights for everyone, not dependent on their sexual orientation or gender identity, but on their humanity."

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