Here’s how YOU can help
- Make sure you and those around you have zero tolerance for any form of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying and violence, including aggressive and threatening verbal abuse.
- Challenge and report any form of abuse or discrimination towards LGBTI people, whether it’s at home, at work, in school, in public or online.
- Speak out when people around you are arrested or imprisoned because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Urge your government and lawmakers to take measures to protect LGBTI people from hate-fueled violence and discrimination.
- If you live in a country that criminalizes same sex love, write to your government and/or legislators and urge them to decriminalize consensual, adult same sex relationships.
- If you or your friends or family members are arrested and detained on charges relating to consensual, same-sex conduct, or a victim of hate-motivated violence, alert UN human rights special procedures by sending an email to [email protected].
Here’s what GOVERNMENTS need to do
- Repeal laws that criminalize consensual, adult same sex relationships, and other laws used to punish people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics in employment, education, health care and identification.
- Enact hate crime laws aimed at deterring violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Facilitate legal recognition of a person’s preferred gender without requiring sterilization, gender reassignment surgery or any other medical procedures or treatments to be carried out.
- Ban medically unnecessary surgeries and procedures on intersex children.
- Sensitize and train law enforcement, healthcare, education, judiciary and other service sector personnel to ensure fair and equal treatment of LGBTI people.