UNDP and UNESCO against Homophobia and Transphobia

UNDP and UNESCO celebrate International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Beijing
May 15, Beijing

 
Participants at today's event (Photo: UNDP China)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed experts, educators, students and LGBTQI people at an event to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

Linking to this year’s IDAHOT theme of ‘Stand with LGBTQI Youth for Visibility, Respect and Equality’, the event discussed the challenges faced by sexual and gender minority youth in China and explored possible solutions. A presentation of findings from research into homophobic bullying in schools by Wei Chongzheng and Dr Liu Wenli from Beijing Normal University was followed by a panel discussion on approaches to tackle discrimination and violence against LGBTQI youth.

In his opening remarks, UNDP Deputy Country Director Patrick Haverman called on those in attendance to continue their support for LGBTQI people. He explained: ‘we at UNDP believe that the aspirations of millions of LGBT people can add to the diversity and dynamism of China in its rapid transition towards a socially and economically sustainable and inclusive society.’

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