Throughout the world, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are the victims of harassment, torture, arbitrary arrest and even murder, often with complete impunity. Homosexuality continues to be a crime or misdemeanor in more than 70 countries and will soon be punished by death in 11 of them. In certain countries, homosexuality and transgenderism are considered illnesses.
On this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, France reaffirms its utmost determination to strive for equal rights and dignity for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
It will continue to work toward the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. It will continue its direct support for actors on the ground and human rights activists, including LGBTI rights activists.
It will continue its efforts to promote this priority in its bilateral relations and in multilateral institutions. It applauds the progress already made with the UN’s LGBT Core Group and the Equal Rights Coalition launched in 2016 in Montevideo, of which it is a founding member.