Cary Alan Johnson in IPS: UN Urged to Confront Rising Tide of Homophobia

By Kanya D'Almeida

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…IPS spoke with Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), which recently gained accreditation with the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council.

A tireless fighter for the cause of human rights, IGLHRC is committed to finding a global solution to global manifestations of hatred.

"The kind of bullying, discrimination, and violence that LGBT and other youth face in the U.S. has its own versions in countries throughout the world," Johnson told IPS. "In Uganda and Cameroon, girls who act too masculine have been beaten up by other students and kicked out of school by administrators."

"Jose Garcia, a Belizean teenager, was ordered to withdraw from school by the principal because 'he acts like a girl'. In Pakistan, parents refuse to pay school fees for their children who are gender transgressive. The ugly treatment that queer kids face - and the obvious consequences - is a global outrage," Johnson said.

"Governments are committed through human rights law to respect and protect the human rights of everyone - regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression - and it is in spaces like the United Nations that governments must be reminded of this obligation and held to account when it is violated," he added…