Under international law, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Yet lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people still face deep-rooted prejudice and widespread discrimination and violence.

The range of violence or abuse is limitless and includes women being raped to “cure” their lesbianism, sometimes at the behest of their parents; individuals prosecuted because their private and consensual relationship is deemed to be a social danger; loss of custody of their children; individuals beaten by police; individuals assaulted and sometimes killed on the street; regular subjection to verbal abuse; bullying at school and in the workplace; denial of employment, housing, or health services; denied of access to the armed forces; denial of asylum when they do manage to flee abuse; individuals ...

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