Remarks by Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield at the UN LGBTI Core Group Event on Margins of UNGA76 on Decriminalization of Sexual Orientation and Gender ID

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
September 22, 2021


Right now, over 70 countries criminalize LGBTQI status or conduct. For millions of people, it is illegal for them to be who they are. To love who they love. We need to repeal and eliminate these laws.

For our part, the United States is using our diplomacy, our foreign assistance, and every tool we have to protect human rights, empower civil society, and support local LGBTQI+ movements.

The UN LGBTI Core Group is vital to this work. We need more countries to join this committed group. Together, let’s do everything we can to protect human rights and promote equality for all.

Thank you.