Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
May 17, 2020

Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB)

In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the United States Mission to the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to the principle that “the inherent dignity and … the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” Under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is the duty of every nation to protect and defend the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people.

Today, we reflect not only on the progress that has been made in the global effort to advance human rights, but also on the specific challenges that remain for members of LGBTQ communities around the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights these problems. While the virus does not discriminate among its victims, we recognize that certain communities are uniquely vulnerable: persons with disabilities and pre-existing conditions, the elderly, and members of the LGBTQ community who face or fear discrimination when they seek basic healthcare services.

As President Trump stated during his address to the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2019:

“As we defend American values, we affirm the right of all people to live in dignity. For this reason, my administration is working with other nations to stop criminalizing of homosexuality, and we stand in solidarity with LGBTQ people who live in countries that punish, jail, or execute individuals based upon sexual orientation.”

At a U.S.-hosted side event on Decriminalizing Homosexuality in Solidarity with LGBTQ People at the United Nations last December, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft underscored that the United States is steadfast in its commitment to the principle that all governments must respect the equality and human dignity of each person under their jurisdiction, regardless of sexual orientation. Today we proudly reaffirm that commitment.