LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Council of Europe resolution on “child and teenage suicide”

In April 2008, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed a resolution on “Child and Teenage Suicide” which included good references to the problems of LGBT teenagers. Some of the text from the resolution:

9. It reaffirms the importance it attaches to respecting political, economic, social, cultural, sexual and physical differences. It therefore strongly condemns all forms of religious, ethnic and sexual discrimination and reasserts its commitment to combating racism, homophobia and the stigma attached to all sexual behaviours, including transexualism.


10. The Assembly is concerned at evidence that suicidality among young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is significantly higher than in the general young population. It notes that this heightened risk is not a function of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but of the stigmatisation, marginalization and discrimination which they experience because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. As such, this heightened risk has a significant human rights dimension.