European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

In an historic and long-awaited move, the United Nations has adopted a resolution to appoint the first Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).

The resolution was passed at the UN’s Human Rights Council yesterday in Geneva with 23 votes in favour, 18 against and 6 abstentions.

The new Independent Expert will monitor human rights violations against LGBTI people, monitor the implementation of anti-discrimination laws and be an international voice for  sexual orientation and gender identity issues.

ILGA-Europe offer our congratulations to the dedicated LGBTI activists worldwide who have tirelessly campaigned towards this goal. Yesterday’s vote was a significant development at global level and is the result of all their hard work.

  • Read more in this statement from ILGA World, with comments from ILGA-Europe board member Micah Grzywnowicz who attended the Human Rights Council session.