For LGBTQ Youth, Human Rights Day Has Special Meaning

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12/10/2019

“Youth Standing Up for Human Rights” — this year’s Human Rights Day theme — has particular resonance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world. LGBT children and young adults face social stigma and experience widespread discrimination and abuse; serious human rights violations that can have lifelong consequences, including for their health. This September, the United Nations General Assembly heard about these endemic problems facing LGBT youth directly from the UN expert on combating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz. He highlighted systematic abuses LGBT youth face in school, with few avenues for redress. Bullying is exacerbated by the absence of protective policy, by poor policy, or by the inability or unwillingness of institutions to address it.

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