Correspondent: Andrea Morante, The New York Times
“We are all considering possible mergers ad in our Paper we refer to the community that we are talking about as the LGBTI+ because the International Federation of Human Rights suggested that we use that language rather than “queer” because in many parts of the world “queer” is utilized as a derogative term. In the West (the term) has been reclaimed but in other parts of the world it has been thrown around in a derogative sense. So, we changed to LGBTI+ for the purposes of our Working Paper. However, another Paper in the Questions and Answers session made it clear that they felt
uncomfortable with that terminology, and therefore more comfortable to the standard term of LGBTQ+, so we are all trying to navigate this new lance of the possible two block acronyms to decide the way in which we can best represent the inclusiveness that
we have for all people regardless of their sexuality or gender orientation, and whoever they may love or as whoever they might identify as.
We have developed a really strong Working Paper yesterday along all the countries in the Lion Paper, because we are Pride- so we are the Lion Pride- and we have developed this Working Paper and we presented it yesterday. At this point we are deciding what merge might make sense for our block, and to figure out which solutions can we really lock-on to other people to make a substantial, deep and comprehensive policy as possible that ultimately –not only does it prevent violence, but that it also reacts to it in the unfortunate situations that it occurs.
I think that one thing that is really important to remember in this conversation that our Delegation and the Delegation of The United Kingdom is very consistent on is that we are not here to talk about what are LGBTQ rights. We are here to talk about violence. And no religious freedom, no government, no culture can be tolerated to permit violence against its own citizens. We do not stand on the position that a person’s fate or a person’s region should dictate how policy dictates on the issue that we are discussing. We must stand united on the eradication of violence against our citizens – especially when our citizens have committed no crime for loving someone unapologetically. Right, and we believe that if we can’t stay united as the United Nations Human Rights Council on the rights that we all have to live safely, than what are all as a body?”