This is a module of the Global Leadership Youth Program, open to students in Grades 8 – 12. For more information about GLYP Summer ’21, click here.
While tangible progress has been made in recent decades to secure rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual and others), this community continues to experience widespread discrimination and human rights abuses on nearly every continent. LGBTQ+ individuals face marginalization, repression, imprisonment, and the threat of extreme violence or death, while queer and transgender activity has been criminalized in over seventy countries. Even in the twenty-nine countries that legally recognize marriage equality, protection from discrimination often remains inadequate; many LGBTQ+ individuals lack access to social and commercial services, education, health, employment and housing. As we mark Pride Month in San Diego, we will examine how the international community can advance meaningful social and political progress toward protecting human rights among the LGBTQ+ community.
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