“LGBTI people are often exposed to additional stigmatization, discrimination and violence when using medical services – and perhaps most saddest in their own families during lockdowns,” said High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in her embassy today, Monday.
“They are also being treated as scapegoats in some places for the spread of the virus,” she added, urging everyone “to fight back against hatred and break the silence” about the suffering of LGBTI people.
COVID increases misery
Secretary General António Guterres noted that the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating inequalities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, he noted in his message that the United Nations has documented an increase in discrimination, hate speech, social and economic exclusion, stigma and barriers for LGBTIQ + people to access health care, education, employment and basic services.
“We have also seen worrying efforts to reduce legal and social protection for their basic human rights,” said the UN chief.
As we work to better recover from the pandemic, he acknowledged the need to ensure equality by repealing discriminatory laws and tackling violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender characteristics – all pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .
“Let us work together for an inclusive world in which everyone can live freely and equally in dignity and rights, no matter who they are, where they live or who they love,” concluded the Secretary General.
While the virus has continued to isolate people, divide families, and destroy communities, it has also exposed deep-seated inequalities between societies and exacerbated injustices, especially towards those already marginalized.
“Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and gender-specific people, who are disproportionately represented in the ranks of the poor, homeless and people without health care, will be deeply affected by the pandemic and, unless we take urgent action, will be deeply affected by these effects for generations be felt away, “said the independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Víctor Madrigal-Borloz, in a joint statement on Friday.
In addition, the “historic declaration” signed by 96 United Nations and international human rights experts “strongly recognizes” that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic will not be conducted on an equal footing.
Criminalization laws in 70 countries have increased the risk of police abuse, arbitrary arrest, and detention during curfew, and have hampered meaningful data collection.
And several countries are using the pandemic as an excuse for the persecution.
“Some states have taken measures deliberately targeting LGBT people and communities under the guise of public health, including proposing laws to deny legal recognition to trans and gender-specific people,” the UN expert said.
He stressed that states should ensure that non-discriminatory pandemic-related policies are designed with the participation of LGBT communities.
UN women pointed to “shocking reports” of systemic racial discrimination and police brutality around the world.
In addition, black, brown and indigenous communities with different sexual orientations and gender identities have long faced overlapping threats from exploitation, displacement and increased harm, according to the UN gender agency.
“For centuries, white supremacy, the legacy of colonialism and imperialism, heteronormativity and binary gender norms have been used to justify violence and criminalization.”
“After experiencing, witnessing and struggling so much, only united can we heal from the damage we have caused and recover from the deep grief and intergenerational trauma suffered by fellow citizens, states and institutions across the world World was caused, “said UN Women.