Why are LGBTI rights important?
Everyone should be able to feel proud of who they are and who they love. We all have the right to express ourselves freely. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (which set out for the first time the rights we’re all entitled to) protects everyone’s right to express themselves freely.
Bringing an end to homophobia and transphobia will save lives.
Anti-LGBTI harassment puts LGBTI identifying people at a heightened risk of physical and psychological harm. Everyone has the right to life, freedom and safety.
By embracing LGBTI people and understanding their identities, we can learn how to remove many of the limitations imposed by gender stereotypes.
These stereotypes are damaging across society, defining and limiting how people are expected to live their lives. Removing them sets everyone free to achieve their full potential, without discriminatory social constraints.
LGBTI people, especially transgender and gender non-conforming people, are often at risk of economic and social exclusion.
Fighting for laws that are more inclusive of people of regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity will allow them access to their rights to health, education, housing and employment.