Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

(Policy Brief)  In November of 2011 the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report addressing “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.”  Unfortunately, rather than focus on preventing violence against LGBT people, which was the intent of the Human Rights Council’s mandate, the report builds on the Commissioner’s 2010-2011 strategic plan to have the world “embrace sexual minorities.” The report does this by falsely claiming that international human rights law requires UN Member States to mainstream acceptance of LGBT behavior in every aspect of society, allegedly to prevent “discrimination.”