"The breakthrough moment in international LGBTI human rights," by Raymond Smith

June 17, 2021

Originally published in "OpenGlobalRights," June 17, 2021

"LGBTI rights are so firmly entrenched today as an important element of international human rights that it may come as a surprise that the major breakthrough on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) took place just ten years ago.  Indeed, it was not all that long ago—in June 2011—that the Human Rights Council for the first time passed a resolution condemning SOGI-based violence and discrimination. As much as anything else, it was this resolution that transformed human rights discourse regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people, along with the closely-related rights of intersex persons."

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