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An independent UN human rights expert warned on Tuesday that the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse (LGBT) people are being “deliberately undermined by some state governments in the United States”. , calling for more action from the Biden Administration to protect them.

“Despite five decades of progress, equality is not at hand, and often not even within sightfor all those affected by violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States,” said Victor Madrigal BorlozUnited Nations Independent Expert on Protection from Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Mr. Madrigal-Borloz presented his findings following a 10-day visit to Washington DC, Birmingham, Alabama; Miami, Florida; and San Diego, California.

While there, according to a statement issued by the human rights office, OHCHRhe met officials from each state, members of civil society and others who shared their experiences.

He said members of the LGBT community, particularly people of color, continue to face significant inequities in health, education, employment and housing, as well as being affected by disproportionately with violence.

While significant steps have been taken by the Biden administration to address these challenges, they remain “under concerted attack.”

“Negative return”

“I am deeply alarmed by a widespread and deeply negative countercurrent created by deliberate actions aimed at rolling back the human rights of LGBT people at the state level,” he said, noting that these include profoundly discriminatory measures aimed at rebuild the stigma against lesbians and homosexuals, limit comprehensive sex and gender education for all, and access to gender-affirming treatment, sports and single-sex facilities for transgender and gender-diverse people.

“The evidence shows that, without exception, these actions are based on prejudicial and stigmatizing opinions towards LGBT people, in particular transgender children and young peopleand seek to leverage their lives as props for political gain,” the independent expert said.

continue to suffer the consequences of the discriminatory frameworks adopted by the previous administration and not yet dismantled“, According to the press release.

He noted that the United States had played a central role in the design and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights“who provided a compass towards a world in which all people have their dignity respected and live free and equal”.

“Thoughtful Strategy”

“The Biden-Harris administration has taken powerful and meaningful actions that are consistent with international human rights law, reveal a thoughtful strategy created through participatory approaches, and provide significant capacity for their implementation. It is exactly the combination of values, knowledge and brawn that can lead to social change.

“In the light of a concerted attack to undermine these actions, I urge the administration to redouble its efforts to support human rights of all LGBT people living under its jurisdiction and helping them access safe waters,” he said.

Special rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN human rights council at review and report on a specific human rights theme or country situation. The posts are honorary and the experts are not remunerated for their work.

Saint Kitts and Nevis decriminalizes gay sex

The United Nations agency working to end the AIDS pandemic, UNAIDSon Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the St. Kitts and Nevis High Court that found laws criminalizing gay sex to be unconstitutional.

The landmark decision means the laws were immediately removed from the Caribbean Islands legal code, which remained in place after independence from the UK in 1983.

The Court upheld the plaintiffs’ claim that Sections 56 and 57 of the Injury to Persons Act violated the right to privacy and freedom of expression.

“Everyone Benefits”

“This landmark decision is an important step forward in ensuring the equality and dignity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in St. Kitts and Nevis and throughout the Caribbean,” said Luisa Cabal, Regional Director from UNAIDS for Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Today, Saint Kitts and Nevis joins a growing list of Caribbean nations that have overturned these colonial-era laws that deny people’s human rights and curbing the response to the HIV pandemic. Everyone benefits from decriminalization.

Laws that punish consensual same-sex relationships, in addition to violating the human rights of LGBT people, are a major obstacle to improving health outcomesincluding in the response to HIV, said UNAIDS.

Such laws simply perpetuate stigma and discrimination against LGBT people and create barriers for LGBT people seeking and receiving health care for fear of punishment or detention.

Decriminalization saves and changes livesthe agency noted in a statement.

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