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THE Initiative

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are still facing discrimination and/or persecution on grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity. More than 70 countries still criminalize same-sex conduct between consenting adults. Eight countries still use the death penalty.

Through the initiative “Diplomats for Equality”, diplomats, employees of embassies, delegations and permanent missions and international organisations, commit to work together to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms and denounce instances of discrimination and/or persecution of LGBTI persons globally.

International human rights law grounds itself on the premise that all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Citizens of all societies, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons, should be able to live freely without fear of violence or discrimination, and play an active part in society. Because after-all, inclusive and tolerant societies are more prosperous and stable ones. We therefore commit to continuing our work, including in the UN, the OSCE and the EU, to promote respect for, and non-discrimination against, LGBTI persons.

More than

countries still criminalize same- sex conduct between consenting adults
In

states the death penalty may be applied for same-sex sexual acts
Only

states have joint adoption laws for same-sex persons
There are currently only

states that recognize same-sex marriage
A Global initiative for equality

In 2017, more than 30 embassies, delegations, permanent missions and international organizations, based in Vienna, joined the initiative ‘Diplomats for Equality’. Join us, and together, we can promote human rights for everybody and achieve equality for LGBTI persons!

Activities
Marching under the banner of “Diplomats for Equality”, more than 100 representatives of 30 embassies and diplomatic missions assembled to take part as a joint contingent in the Regenbogenparade (Vienna Pride march) on Saturday 17 June 2017. In our joint statement and press release, we collectively reaffirmed our opposition to all forms of discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and our commitment to promoting human rights, fundamental freedoms and equality for the LGBTI community.

As governments and international organisations, we believe that education, awareness raising and dialogue are key tools in overcoming stereotypes and prejudice against LGBTI persons. However, more can still be done to address ongoing and unacceptable instances of discrimination and/or persecution of LGBTI persons. This includes hate-motivated violence, arbitrary arrest and the application of the death penalty. More than 70 countries still criminalize same-sex conduct between consenting adults. We commit to continuing our work, including in the UN, the OSCE and the EU, to promote respect and non-discrimination against LGBTI persons.