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Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert for SOGI | HRC 50
June 16, 2022

Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert for SOGI

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Human Rights Council – 50th Session

Thank you, Mr. President

Mr. Madrigal-Borloz, the United States thanks you for your reporting over the last several years highlighting cross-regional and cross-cultural issues affecting LGBTQI+ persons globally.

While this continues to be a global challenge, the United States recognizes we have much work to do at home. We are, therefore, pleased to welcome the Independent Expert for an official visit in August.

We strive to advance equality for LGBTQI+ individuals and, to this end President Biden issued a new Executive Order on June 15 that, among other efforts, aims to combat so-called “conversion therapy” at home and abroad. This harmful practice has been thoroughly rejected by medical professionals and must come to an end.

The U.S. strongly supports renewing the Independent Expert’s mandate this session and we urge other Council Members to do the same. Human rights are universal and all LGBTQI+ persons are entitled to full respect of their individual human rights. We must work together in the Human Rights Council to amplify all voices and ensure that no one is subjected to violence or discrimination, no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics.

Question: What are steps the international community can take to bring an end to so-called “conversion therapy?”

I thank you.