Truthout did a story on the current state of homosexuality issues worldwide. Sad to say, people worldwide still have a problem with it. UN Still to Accredit Its First US LGBT Group
Saturday 12 December 2009 | by: Marguerite A. Suozzi | Inter Press Service
United Nations - Sixty-one years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sexual orientation and gender identity still pose a threat to the dignity and sovereignty of individuals around the world.
The United Nations, commemorating Human Rights Day last week, focused on the continued discrimination against gays and lesbians worldwide.
This subject was also the basis of a panel discussion, hosted Thursday by the permanent missions to the United Nations of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
The panellists included human rights activists from Honduras, India, the Philippines, Uganda and Zambia - representing a microcosm of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and experience.
Vivek Divan, a human rights activist and a consultant with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who is also a self-declared homosexual, was criminalised in India by a law enacted in the nineteenth century under British colonial rule that made consensual non-procreative sex between adults of the same or opposite sexes illegal.
It was only in July of this year that Divan was exonerated, and the High Court of Delhi passed a judgement declaring that the archaic law was in violation of the rights of liberty, equality, dignity, privacy and health of Indian citizens.
Divan said it was imperative that the negative mythology surrounding homosexuality be debunked expeditiously for the health and safety of society.
"Homosexual behaviour has existed in human kind and in all cultures since time immemorial," said Divan, "But better understanding of human behaviour has demonstrated that it is a phenomenon that does not deserve a criminal sanction of the law, for it has not in any way caused harm to others."
"Criminalisation also does not rid society of homosexuality, instead it only serves to push it underground where it continues to manifest in ways that are likely to be far more deleterious towards society," continued Divan, referring to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and to human social relations.