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LGBT Rights Stymied at UN Despite Pressure

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. C-Fam

In a loss for homosexual groups at the United Nations, member states declined to establish a special UN office for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights last week.

Earlier this year, UN insiders told the Friday Fax that homosexual and transgender rights would soon become mainstream at the United Nations. But their predictions failed to materialize at the current session of the Human Rights Council.

Member states declined to create a special office to monitor LGBT rights globally, and proponents did not table a resolution to that effect because it would have likely failed.

Norway, speaking on behalf of countries that supported such an office, told the Council on Monday that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues should be integrated into the UN systematically at an “appropriate time”— effectively conceding this is impossible right now.

Norway was part of a small group of countries that sponsored a conference calling for LGBT rights in April, which their representative said attracted just 200 people. Norway asked the Council to consider the outcome of the conference even though it was not sponsored by the United Nations.

Only 33 countries joined the statement by Norway. Other countries are weary of an LGBT agenda that goes beyond addressing violence and discrimination and attempts to single out homosexuals for special protections beyond those afforded to all individuals under international law.

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