Monday, May 17, 2010

United Nations marks International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) 2010

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) recognizes the role that anti-gay and anti-trans laws and cultural attitudes play in the global spread of HIV/AIDS.

UNAIDS posted the statement and video on its site this morning:
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia. Homophobia is considered one of the main obstacles in implementing HIV prevention strategies. Of the 192 member states of the United Nations, 85 have laws that still criminalize homosexual behaviour and, in some of these countries, conviction can even result in the death penalty.

Speaking on the occasion, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel SidibĂ© said, “I urge all governments to take steps to eliminate stigma and discrimination faced by men who have sex with men, lesbians and transgender populations. They must also create social and legal environments that ensure respect for human rights and enable universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.”

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