Sexuality and Human Rights on the Global Stage


Examining how best to respond to political divisions concerning SOGI-related health and rights.

This invitation-only workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (“SOGI”) in May 2014 sought to examine how best to respond to political divisions concerning SOGI-related health and rights, by bringing together leading scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of sexuality, health, human rights, international relations, and development.

Despite recent and well-publicized advances, as well as persistent abuses, human rights related to sexual orientation and gender identity are neither fully protected under international human rights law nor codified by many states around the world. At the United Nations, conservative diplomats work against the protection of sexual rights and push for the prioritization of the “traditional family.” Meanwhile, the advancement of equality rights based on SOGI has become a foreign policy objective of powerful donor states, at times eliciting high-profile backlash from recipient states. These recent developments together with national political strife in countries like Russia, Uganda, and Jamaica indicate that SOGI-related rights loom as one of the central issues of our time.

Sponsors: Health and Human Rights Law Project, Burkle Center for International Relations, USC Keck School of Medicine, La Trobe University – Australia, Occidental College, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, UCI School of Law, City of West Hollywood

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