U.N. Report LGBTQ Rights in the U.S.
The U.N. Human Rights Committee (HRC) has raised serious concerns about the state of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States in its first review of U.S. human rights in nine years. The report identifies 29 areas where the U.S. is failing to comply with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, particularly highlighting the discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. It criticizes specific state laws, including those banning gender-affirming healthcare for transgender people and restricting discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. While acknowledging some federal progress, the HRC urges the repeal of discriminatory state laws and calls for more robust action against violence and discrimination towards LGBTQ+ people. The report also touches on broader human rights issues, such as the treatment of Indigenous women and racism in policing. Human rights groups have criticized the U.S. delegation’s response to these findings as inadequate, and the HRC’s report serves as a significant call to action for U.S. lawmakers to align with international human rights standards. Read full article