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Our Human Rights

Human rights are the birthright of all people, including LGBT people. We have those rights not because they are conferred by the state, but because we are human. The state is obliged to respect them. Here are a few selected rights:

Equality of people in dignity and rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The Yogyakarta Principles  (2006): Principle 1
The Right to the Universal Enjoyment of Human Rights
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Human beings of all sexual orientations and gender identities are entitled to the full enjoyment of all human rights.

The right to marry and found a family

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  (1948), Article 16
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. …
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

The Yogyakarta Principles  (2006): Principle 24
Everyone has the right to found a family, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Families exist in diverse forms. No family may be subjected to discrimination on the basis of the sexual orientation or gender identity of any of its members.

States shall:
a) Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure the right to found a family, including through access to adoption or assisted procreation (including donor insemination), without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity;
b) Ensure that laws and policies recognise the diversity of family forms, including those not defined by descent or marriage, and take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that no family may be subjected to discrimination on the basis of the sexual orientation or gender identity of any of its members, including with regard to family-related social welfare and other public benefits, employment, and immigration;
c) Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that in all actions or decisions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration, and that the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child or of any family member or other person may not be considered incompatible with such best interests;
d) In all actions or decisions concerning children, ensure that a child who is capable of forming personal views can exercise the right to express those views freely, and that such views are given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child;
e) Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that in States that recognise same-sex marriages or registered partnerships, any entitlement, privilege, obligation or benefit available to different-sex married or registered partners is equally available to same-sex married or registered partners; 
f) Take all necessary legislative, administrative and other measures to ensure that any obligation, entitlement, privilege or benefit available to different-sex unmarried partners is equally available to same-sex unmarried partners;
g) Ensure that marriages and other legally-recognised partnerships may be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses or partners.

The Right to Education

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  (1948), Article 26
(1) Everyone has the right to education. …
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. …

The Yogyakarta Principles  (2006), Principle 16
Everyone has the right to education, without discrimination on the basis of, and taking into account, their sexual orientation and gender identity.

  See: Hillary Clinton, Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day, UN, 2011