United Nations Free and Equal

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Friday, 16 June 2017 - 4:59am. United Nations Free and Equal

THE UNITED NATIONS’ GLOBAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA

More than a third of the world’s countries criminalize consensual, loving same-sex relationships, entrenching prejudice and putting millions of people at risk of blackmail, arrest and imprisonment. Few countries permit transgender people to obtain legal recognition of their gender identity, and in most parts of the world intersex children are forced to undergo unnecessary medical treatment, causing terrible physical and psychological pain. In many cases, a lack of adequate legal protections combined with hostile public attitudes leads to widespread discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people – including workers being fired from jobs, students bullied and expelled from schools, and patients denied essential healthcare.

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