Pedro Anibal Paradiso Sottile
LGBT Voices from Geneva’s Palais des Nations
Geneva, April 2004. Here are a few of the speeches given by LGBT activists at the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in support of a resolution both on sexual orientation and gender identity.When African leaders use culture, tradition, religion and societal norms to deny our existence they send a message that tolerates discrimination, violence and overall indignity.Fanny Ann Eddy / MADRE / Sierra Leone “Culture” is invoked more frequently in UN debates on sexuality than on any other issue. Yet in many countries, the laws prohibiting and punishing homosexuality were introduced by colonizing countries and not part of the indigenous culture.
Message submitted by Chung To / Chi Heng Foundation - ChinaA perspective from India: Homosexuality stands criminalized because of a mid 19th century colonial lawAditya Bondyopadhyay / Naz Foundation - IndiaFundamentalist religions, doctrines, and politics cannot sustain the shame of the inequality suffered by people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.Pedro Anibal Paradiso Sottile and Cesar Cigliutti / CHA Comunidad Homosexual Argentina - ArgentinaWhich is the traditional family? Our definition, not the Vatican's.Cesnabmihilo Dorothy Aken’Ova / INCRESE, Minna - NigeriaFor intersex persons, mutilation creates a permanent status of human rights violation and inhumanity.Mauro Cabral - ArgentinaWe call upon all the countries to address issues concerning denial of freedom of expression of person's gender identity and gender expression.Jelena Postic´ / Kontra - Croatia In matters of human rights, there are no by-standers. Let us send a clear message as an international community that no-one should be killed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.John Fisher / Arc International - Canada