Remarks at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal Borloz

Nicholas Hill
Deputy U.S. Representative to ECOSOC
New York, New York
October 26, 2019


Thank you, Mr. Madrigal, for your recent report on exclusion. The United States shares your alarm over the rise of leaders and groups that use their platform to promote bigotry and dehumanize people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

We are fully committed to equality for all, including members of the LGBT+ community, both at home and abroad.

As you demonstrate in your report, an intersectional approach must be taken. Those facing the greatest challenge are often individuals with multiple intersecting minority identities. For example, the exclusion and violence often faced by transgender women of color is particularly acute. Another example is lesbian women, who experience discrimination on the basis of both gender and sexual orientation.

Question: What steps can the international community take to combat the rise in anti-LGBT+ narratives among powerful actors?