Working internationally on gender identity, gender expression and bodily issues
Today May the 17th, is the International Day against Homophobia,Transphobia and Biphobia.
On this day, GATE condemns all forms of violence, stigmatization and discrimination against trans and gender diverse people worldwide. We fully support and welcome the media statement released by the UN OHCHRC on IDAHOTB 2017, which:
In particular, GATE celebrates and supports the OHHRC call for “States to decriminalize and depathologize trans and gender diverse identities and expressions, including for young transgender people, by prohibiting ‘conversion therapies’ and [by] refrain[ing] from adopting new criminalizing laws and pathologizing medical classifications, including in the context of the upcoming review of the International Classification of Diseases”.
All forms of violence, stigma, pathologization and discrimination based on gender identity and expression have devastating impacts on adults, but practiced on children and adolescents, the outcome is likely to be worse and even irreversible. For GATE, as a trans-led organization, whose programmatic work is centered on depathologization, movement building and advocacy of recognition and human rights for trans, gender variant and bodily diverse groups worldwide, we celebrate OHCHRC media statement on IDAHOT 2017 for focusing on trans and gender variant children and youth. This statement is of critical value and importance for the awareness of our struggle among wider audiences.
The GATE Team