On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia

Each year on May 17, we commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia.  On this day, we reflect upon the violence and discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons worldwide suffer and re-commit ourselves to opposing these acts.  This year, like every year, we state unequivocally: LGBTQI+ persons deserve recognition of their universal human rights and human dignity.

LGBTQI+ persons continue to face insidious forms of stigma and discrimination.  Even as more countries make meaningful advancements towards full equality, LGBTQI+ persons continue to be sentenced to death for daring to live their sexual orientation or gender identity, subjected to coercive conversion “therapies” and “normalization” surgeries, discriminated against while receiving health services, restricted from exercising fundamental freedoms, and denied the dignity of same-sex partnership and fulfillment of family.

As we reflect upon the injustices that LGBTQI+ persons and their allies endure, we must not forget that today is fundamentally a day of action.  On this day and every day, the United States stands with LGBTQI+ persons around the world.  We will continue to advocate for the rights of LGBTQI+ persons not just because we have a moral imperative to do so, but because it helps to strengthen democracy, bolster national security, and promote global health and economic development.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/on-the-international-day-against-homophobia-biphobia-interphobia-and-transphobia-2/

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