Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

Special Event to Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) - 17 May

15/05/2018 - 19:58
Conference/seminar

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) is commemorated annually on the 17th of May. In 2018, the global theme for IDAHOTB is Alliances for Solidarity. Strong partnerships and collective action are essential to advance human rights based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. LGBTI communities must also be allies to minorities and take an intersectional approach to all work to ensure no one is left behind.

Background

Persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) continue to experience human rights violations because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics. These violations include killings, violent attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, forced marriage, denial of rights to assembly and expression, medical violence, and discrimination in accessing health care, education, employment, and housing.

 

Awareness of the scale and scope of violence and discrimination directed at LGBTI people on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) of all ages and in all parts of the world has increased dramatically in recent years.  The United Nations has played a central and vital role in raising this awareness and in the promotion and protection of human rights for LGBTI persons at international level, including through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the Office of the Secretary General, the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the actions of agencies, funds and programs.

 

Since 2010, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a biannual resolution naming sexual orientation and gender identity as grounds for risk in extra-judicial executions, and the United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted three resolutions and requested two studies on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2015, the United Nations Security Council held an unprecedented Arria formula discussion on violence against LGBTI individuals in conflict-affected countries. Through the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Process (UPR), more than a hundred countries have accepted recommendations to reform their laws and introduce other measures to protect the human rights of LGBTI people. International treaty bodies have built a growing body of jurisprudence defining and clarifying international protections for LGBTI persons. In September 2016, the Human Rights Council appointed its first Independent Expert on protection from violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, currently held by Victor Madrigal-Borloz.

 

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) is commemorated annually on the 17th of May. In 2018, the global theme for IDAHOTB is Alliances for Solidarity. Strong partnerships and collective action are essential to advance human rights based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. LGBTI communities must also be allies to minorities and take an intersectional approach to all work to ensure no one is left behind.

 

Focus and objectives

 

The event will help to raise awareness at the United Nations and in the broader community of the ways in which LGBTI individuals and allies in various industries have joined together to raise awareness, acceptance and promote and protect the human rights of the LGBTI community.

 

The focus of the event will be on the experiences of LGBTI individuals and allies across three sectors sport, culture, and the private sector. The discussion will focus on the transformative and reciprocal relationships between allies and LGBTI community members in various areas of public life.

 

Format

 

The format for the event will include a moderated panel discussion with active participation of attending allies.

 

The program is as follows:

 

  • Opening remarks by H.E. Ms. Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations
  • Introductory remarks by H.E. Ms. Ana Maria Menéndez, Senior Advisor on Policy to the United Nations Secretary-General
  • Video message by H.E. Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Moderated panel discussion with LGBTI community members and allies from the sectors of sports, culture, and business and civil society as well as interventions from the floor
    • Moderator: Brittany Jones Cooper
    • Culture: Roberta Colindrez & Barbara Whitman
    • Business/Civil Society: Beth A. Brooke & Xeenarh Mohammed
    • Sports: Hudson Taylor & Casey Legler
  • Moderator closes the panel
  • Closing remarks by H.E. Ms. Besiana Kadare, Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations

 

Background documents

 

  • Human Rights Council resolution 32/2 on protection from violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (A/HRC/RES/32/2), and resolutions 27/32 (2014) and 17/19 (2011) on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Reports of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council from May 2015 (A/HRC/29/32) and December 2011 (A/HRC/19/41)
  • Joint UN statement on ending violence and discrimination against LGBTI persons, endorsed by 12 UN agencies and issued in September 2015, available here.
  • UN General Assembly Human Rights Council Resolution 32/2, Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,A/HRC/RES/32/2 (adopted 15 July 2016)
  • UN General Assembly Resolution 69/182, Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, A/RES/69/182 (adopted 18 December 2014)
  • UN General Assembly Resolution 67/168, Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, A/RES/67/168 (adopted 20 December 2012)
  • UN General Assembly Resolution 65/208, Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, A/RES/65/208 (adopted 21 December 2010)
17/05/2018

Conference Room 1
United Nations Headquarters

10017 New York
United States