UN / HOMOPHOBIA TRANSPHOBIA BIPHOBIA

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The United Nations marked the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia or Transphobia (IDAHOTIB), which commemorates the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / HOMOPHOBIA TRANSPHOBIA BIPHOBIA
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DATELINE: 17 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

17 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
3. Med shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Candace McEwan, Founder Guyana Trans United (GTU):
“On that night, seven of us was being locked up, and we realized at that particular time, we know that this was always a major barrier for us, and we wanted to do something. So, we partnered with all the seven of us and we said, you know what? We are not going to ask the police to release us, let us go before the court.”
5. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
6. Yvonne Oduor, Operations Manager, Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK):
“We are waiting on the 24th of May for this judgement to be delivered. If this judgement is favourable, then we’ll have same sex acts between consenting adults in Kenya decriminalized, which inherently means that homosexuality will no longer be criminal in our country.”
7. Wide shot, ECOSOC

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The United Nations today (17 May) marked the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia or Transphobia (IDAHOTIB), which commemorates the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Two activists who are fighting for LGTBQI rights to be recognized in their countries took part of today’s event.

Candace McEwan is the founder of Guyana Trans United (GTU), who as a co-litigant against Guyana’s so-called cross-dressing law, helped reach a landmark decision on their case.

She described the night when after being arrested, together with her co-defendants decided to challenge the law.

McEwan said, “on that night, seven of us was being locked up, and we realized at that particular time, we know that this was always a major barrier for us, and we wanted to do something. So, we partnered with all the seven of us and we said, you know what? We are not going to ask the police to release us, let us go before the court.”

Yvonne Oduor is the Operations Manager at the Gay and Lesbian coalition of Kenya (GALCK) and is currently awaiting a decision on a petition filed at the Kenyan high court challenging discriminatory laws against LGTBQI people.

Oduor, said, “we are waiting on the 24th of May for this judgement to be delivered. If this judgement is favourable, then we’ll have same sex acts between consenting adults in Kenya decriminalized, which inherently means that homosexuality will no longer be criminal in our country.”

In a joint statement, the heads of the UN departments of political affairs, peacekeeping, operational support and management said the Day is an opportunity to reiterate our continuing commitment to build a more inclusive work environment free of harassment and discrimination, including for those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex.
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