NEW YORK, NY — (08-31-22) — Independent U.N. expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz reported on Tuesday, that enormous progress has been made over the last 50 years for LGBT rights in the USA but unfortunately, “equality is not yet within reach and in many cases not within sight” for LGBT communities.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz told a U.N. press conference after a 10-day tour of the United States that he applauds President Joe Biden for “very powerful” executive actions during his first days in office, seeking to eradicate discrimination and violence against the LGBT community nationwide.

But he added that he is “extremely concerned” about a concerted series of actions taken by the Republican party in state and local governments with their never ending “prejudice and stigma” against the LGBT community.

Madrigal-Borloz said that in access to health, employment, education and housing, the LGBT community continues to suffer.

Among young adults aged 18 to 25, for example, LGBT people have a 2.2 times greater risk of homelessness, 23% of LGBT adults of color have no health coverage, and in a recent study 43% of LGBT participants reported having suffered at least one act of discrimination or harassment, said Madrigal-Borloz.

Madrigal-Borloz, a Costa Rican lawyer and human rights advocate, also said that he had serious concern at the disproportionate impact of violence against the LGBT community in the United States.

He cited the National Crime Victimization Survey that found that 20.3% of hate crimes were related to sexual orientation or gender identity bias, significantly disproportionate to the LGBT population in the U.S., which he said is usually estimated at between 5% and 8%. He also cited a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that found that bisexual women encountered intimate partner violence at higher rates than other populations, with 46% reporting having been raped and 74.9% reporting being victims of sexual violence other than rape, which he called “extremely worrying.”

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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