Message on the 2019 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
17 May 2019
The United Nations in Myanmar is proud to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia by flying the rainbow flag in support of diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI).
This day marks the decision of the World Health Organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on 17 May 1990.
We have seen encouraging progress worldwide, but LGBTI people still experience discrimination and stigma in many countries, including in Myanmar.
Recent studies by the International Labour Organization and the International Finance Corporation in Myanmar have told us that teasing, bullying and sexual harassment happens frequently in work places.
As Myanmar transforms in so many ways, it is time to change this. People should be allowed to be who they are and love who they want.
Myanmar has made an important commitment in its Sustainable Development Plan to “introduce and enforce regulations and protections related to workplace safety, inclusivity and non-discrimination in all forms.”
The United Nations shares that commitment and stands ready to support Myanmar in creating environment in which everyone can live free and equal in dignity and rights.
As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “The United Nations stands up for the rights of the LGBTI community.”
So let us join hands to nurture and celebrate diversity and protect everyone from any form of harassment or abuse.