December 12, 2012

UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon: "Around the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] people are targeted, assaulted and sometimes killed.  Children and teens are taunted by their peers, beaten and bullied, pushed out of school, disowned by their own families, forced into marriage and, in the worst cases, driven to suicide.  LGBT people suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity at work, at clinics and hospitals, and in schools — the very places that should protect them. More than 76 countries still criminalize homosexuality…Let me say this loud and clear:  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are entitled to the same rights as everyone else…It is an outrage that in our modern world, so many countries continue to criminalize people simply for loving another human being of the same sex…These laws must go.  We must replace them with laws that provide adequate protection against discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  This is not optional.  It is a State obligation, based on the principle of non-discrimination — a fundamental tenet of international human rights law."