Friday, June 17, 2011

UN Approves Resolution Condemning LGBT Discrimination

Updated June 17, 2011 10:55am

The United Nations approved Friday a resolution condemning discrimination and violence against LGBT people, by a vote of 23 to 19, with 3 abstentions.

The resolution, introduced by the South African delegation, “[expresses] grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The resolution will call for the UN's high commissioner for human rights, Navanethem Pillay of South Africa, to conduct a study on discrimination and violence against LGBT people worldwide.

Click here to read the resolution in its entirety.

States supporting the resolution included: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

While resolutions are not legally binding, and thus the situation for LGBT people who are subjected to violence and discrimination around the world is not immediately improved, it is still a gigantic step forward in recognizing LGBT rights as human rights, and LGBT people as people who deserve equality and respect.

It is also a step forward for the US which, under President George W. Bush, did not back a similar resolution introduced by the French delegation.

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