Statement on the Outcome of the US Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7 November 2020

Media Contact: Daina Ruduša, commsteam@outrightinternational.org, +1 (917) 622-1865

OutRight Action International's Statement on the Outcome of the US Election

By Jessica Stern, Executive Director, OutRight Action International

OutRight welcomes the announcement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the President and Vice-President Elect. The outcome of this election has far-reaching implications for LGBTIQ people globally.   

For 30 years, OutRight has fought to promote the human rights of LGBTIQ people internationally. Sixty-seven countries continue to criminalize same-sex relations, while only five ban so-called “conversion therapy.” In too many places, international standards, which the Trump Administration actively undermined, are the only avenue for the recognition of the human rights of LGBTIQ people. Even in 2020, there is not one country in the world where LGBTIQ people live with full safety, rights and dignity. 

OutRight looks forward to working with the Biden/Harris Administration to reestablish respect for LGBTIQ rights throughout US foreign policy. We will also hold the Biden/Harris Administration accountable for an intersectional human rights agenda that values LGBTIQ people, people of color, immigrants, women and other vulnerable groups. Specifically OutRight will look to the new administration to:

  • Restore support for and participation in UN agencies and mechanisms, including seeking to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council and the World Health Organization, and to ratify major human rights treaties from the United Nations and Organization of American States;
  • Renounce the harmful definition of human rights based on “natural law” and “natural rights” used by the Trump Administration’s “Commission on Unalienable Rights” and reaffirm a commitment to international human rights standards.
  • Appoint and resource a Special Envoy on LGBTI rights established under the Obama administration;
  • Remove religious exemptions to US policies;
  • Return to an inclusive definition of gender encompassing of all gender identities; 
  • Revoke the Mexico City Policy and reinstate support for sexual and reproductive health and rights; and
  • Increase funding from USAID and the US State Department for LGBTIQ civil society organizations working to promote LGBTIQ rights worldwide.  

The fight for LGBTIQ equality is far from over, but this is a new day of hope.

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OutRight

OutRight Action International works at a global, regional and national level to eradicate the persecution, inequality, and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people face around the world. From its offices in 7 countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight has recognized consultative status at the United Nations.