International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2020)

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On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, France welcomes the progress made since the WHO removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases 30 years ago. Over the last five years, nine states have decriminalized homosexuality and 12 states or territories have legalized civil unions and/or same-sex marriages.

This progress has been achieved thanks to the efforts of civil society, including in its international dimension, notably embodied by the United Nations LGBTI Core Group and the Equal Rights Coalition, of which France is a founder member, and which actively contribute to the defense and promotion of LGBTI rights at the international level.

However, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons all over the world continue to experience violence, hate speech and discrimination, which may be exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost 70 countries continue to criminalize homosexuality and/or transsexuality, and in 10 of these countries, being homosexual is punishable by death. In other countries, these persons may face harassment or arbitrary arrest.

In this context, France reaffirms its wholehearted commitment to the promotion and defense of LGBTI persons and will continue its efforts to achieve the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. It will continue to provide its direct support and assistance to the actors on the ground and to LGBTI rights campaigners.