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14 May 2024

The Secretary-General

Message for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

17 May 2024

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, I applaud the brave work of LGBTIQ+ human rights defenders fighting to outlaw discrimination and secure equality before the law.

Yet there is a worrying surge in the opposite direction. New laws are codifying old bigotries, exploiting fears and stoking hate.

The theme of this year’s Day – “No one left behind: equality, freedom and justice for all” – reminds us of our obligations to respect the human rights and dignity of every person. We need action around the world to make those rights a reality.

The criminalization of same-sex relationships must end, so must all violence, discrimination and harmful practices against LGBTIQ+ communities.

On this and every day, let’s commit to building a world of respect, dignity and human rights for all around the world.

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