Standing up for LGBTI Youth [fr]
Special Event - Standing up for LGBTI Youth - 17 May 2017
STANDING UP FOR LGBTI YOUTH
A special event to protect, celebrate and support
lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex youth around the world
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 from 6:15pm to 7:45pm
Venue: Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Creating a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) youth at schools, at home and in the community.
- 6:15pm Opening Remarks by Ambassador Juan Carlos Mendoza García, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, and Ambassador François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, on behalf of the LGBT Core Group
- 6:25pm Video-message by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- 6:30pm Screening of the short documentary "Out and About"
- 7:05pm Panel discussion with youth advocates: Paige Burton (Australia), Gigi Louisa (Kenya), Miki Wali (Fiji) and Tiger Shigetake (Japan), moderated by Amir Ashour (Iraq)
- 7:40pm Closing remarks by Ambassador Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative and Charge d’Affairs of Germany to the United Nations
- 7:45pmEvent ends
Guests who would like to attend but do not have a UN pass must RSVP before Monday may 15th at 3:00PM (New York time)
Awareness of the scale and scope of discrimination and violence directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people of all ages and in all parts of the world has increased dramatically in recent years. At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, more than a hundred countries have accepted recommendations to reform their laws and introduce other measures to protect the human rights of LGBTI people. Since 2011, the Human Rights Council has adopted three resolutions and requested two studies on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, and, in 2015, the UN Security Council held an unprecedented discussion of violence against LGBT individuals in conflict-affected countries. 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, selecting Dr. Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand. The new Expert took up his functions in November 2016.
LGBTI youth – and other young people perceived as gender non-conforming – are at particular risk of abuse and discrimination at school, at home and in the community. Bullying, violence and rejection by their families leave millions feeling isolated and depressed, driving many to skip or abandon their education altogether and run away from home. Breaking this spiral – and making sure that all LGBTI young people can exercise their rights to physical safety, health and education – requires concerted action by national governments, as well as by local authorities, law enforcement officials, school staff, parents and allies.
The event will help to raise awareness at the United Nations and in the broader community of bullying and exclusion of LGBTI youth, amplify the voices of those affected, and celebrate the resilience, promise and diversity of young LGBTI people around the world.
The focus will be on the experiences of LGBTI youth in different parts of the world and the steps that UN Member States can and should take to protect young people – whether through legal reforms, changes in school curricula or social policy initiatives. Discussion will also highlight positive initiatives taken in different regions to create safe and supportive environments for LGBTI young people – and the critical role being played families, schools and community organizations.
The format for the event will combine the screening of a short documentary and a moderated panel discussion with active participation of attending young people.
* The LGBT core Group is a cross regional group that includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Germany, Israel; Japan, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Mexico, New Zeeland, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Uruguay, the European Union, and Albania (as an observer), as well as the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the non-governmental organizations Human Rights Watch and Out Right Action International.