What Is LGBTIQ +, LGBTIQ + On The Agenda
What is LGBTIQ +?
It stands for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex”. LGBTI, which has started to be used as a key word in the struggle for gay rights, is sometimes used in the form of LGBTIQ, including the concept of “queer”. What about gender? It is a set of various roles and responsibilities that are socially imposed on women because they are women, and on men because they are men. This concept, which includes the behavioral patterns expected from women and men and characteristics of gender identity, gives rise to gender roles. The individual who thinks that he / she should live according to the norms determined by the society to which he / she is congenitally owned by the gender, adopts the gender role and shapes his / her behaviors / lives accordingly.
Covering LGBTIQ + According to Countries:
While the discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity have been going on for many years, some countries of the world have found it necessary to take steps and pass laws to recognize LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals and protect them from discrimination. These laws are based on the equal enjoyment of the rights granted to all citizens and protection from discrimination by individuals with different sexual orientation and gender identity. Thus, some countries stand out in terms of the rights and equality they provide to LGBT individuals. The countries on this list are determined according to criteria such as same-sex marriage and the right of couples to adopt, and the existence of anti-discrimination laws against homosexuals and transsexuals.
so on and so forth…. As well as countries that support and try to minimize discrimination, there are quite a lot of countries with almost no support and you may experience very bad results.
etc…. These data are based on a report published by ILGA-EUROPE and attracted a lot of reaction in the first days of its publication.
What Are LGBTIQ + Rights and Why Are They Important?
Everyone should have the right to be proud of who they are and whom they love. We all have the right to express ourselves freely. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first document regulating the rights we have, protects everyone’s right to express themselves freely.
Ending homophobia and transphobia will save people’s lives. Anti-LGBTI + harassment and hate crimes put people who identify themselves as LGBTI + at risk of physical and psychological harm. Everyone has the right to live, the right of liberty and security of person.
When we accept the equality of LGBTI +, we will be able to eliminate many restrictions caused by stereotypes about gender. Stereotypes define how people should live their lives, impose restrictions on this issue and are therefore harmful to society. Eliminating these judgments frees people from discriminatory social constraints to realize their true potential.
LGBTI + people, especially trans people and people who refuse to comply with gender norms, are often economically and socially excluded. Regardless of people’s sexual orientation or gender identity, struggling for more inclusive laws will enable LGBTI + ‘ health, education, housing and also their access for equal right to labor.
So What Is Amnesty International Doing to Support LGBTIQ + Rights ?
We fight against discrimination against LGBTI + all over the world. We advise governments and influential leaders on how to improve the law and protect people’s rights, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
As a result of the global campaign conducted by Amnesty International, the highest court of jurisdiction in Taiwan ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage in May 2019.
Our work in other fields has contributed significantly to the creation of new laws in Greece, Denmark and Norway that allow the government to adopt the original gender of people.
The LGBTI + movement has made significant progress so far, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Amnesty International supports activists around the world by producing resources on various issues affecting LGBTI +.