UNESCO is one of 12 partners to a UN statement calling on all States to act urgently to stop violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children.
The joint statement highlights the multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion suffered by LGBTI people based on sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, poverty, migration, disability and health status.
It calls for States to protect LGBTI people by upholding international human rights standards, preventing, monitoring and prosecuting acts of violence against them and by repealing discriminatory laws.
UNESCO is committed to ending all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination, including against LGBTI people. In 2011 it launched an initiative to prevent and combat homophobic and transphobic bullying in the education sector
Since then the Organization has mobilized partners and resources at global, regional and country levels. In 2013 the government of the Netherlands gave its support to the UNESCO project on Education and Respect for All: Preventing and Addressing Homophobic and Transphobic bullying in Educational Institutions. As part of this initiative UNESCO collects evidence on the nature and scope of homophobic and transphobic violence and bullying in educational institutions.
On May 17, 2015 UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova issued a message on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia which focused on LGBTI people.
In 2016 ministers of education will meet at UNESCO on the same day for the launch of the first United Nations global report on education sector responses to homophobic and transphobic violence, including bullying.
LGBTI Joint Statement (PDF)