NEW YORK, NY – (02-19-22) – Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the United Nation’s independent human rights expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, says that 69 States around the world currently criminalize homosexual relations between consenting adults.

This means that in just this one area of human rights violations, two billion people are being discriminated against on a daily basis – a third of the world’s population.

“This criminalization has measurable consequences in terms of public health and access to education,” said Victor Madrigal-Borloz.

In an interview with the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), Madrigal-Borloz said that he advocates for a world free of the criminalization of gender orientation and gender identity including the elimination of conversion therapies.

Excerpt from the Interview:

“Mr. Madrigal-Borloz says that criminalization results in “young LGBT people dropping out of school three times more than non-LGBT people, or trans people getting HIV/AIDS, 47 times more than gay men – and even 76 times more than the general population.”

Mr. Madrigal-Borloz says he will continue to work on the issue of conversion therapies. In particular, he says, it will be important to raise awareness among religious organizations of the need to unequivocally condemn such therapies.”

Madrigal-Borloz will continue his work against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity through 2023.

According to Madrigal-Borloz, a coalition of at least 1,327 organizations in 161 countries supported the renewal of the mandate in 2021, with only a minority of Human Rights Council Member States opposing it.

“The mandate must continue until such time as it can be said, in an objective way, that there is no discrimination or violence based on gender orientation and gender identity. I’m not sure I’ll ever see it in my lifetime. But we are moving forward in a decisive way,” said Mr. Madrigal-Borloz.

To voice your opinion on this issue, visit Victor Madrigal-Borloz on Twitter @victor_madrigal.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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