Panama City, May 17, 2016 - Imagine being rejected by your family, being bullied at school, or having strangers call you names. Think of what it must be like to be afraid to report a crime to the police or to seek care at a clinic. And all because of something you cannot change.
This is what life is like for thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Caribbean.
This month in the Bahamas a political party spoke out on the importance of equity after a member of parliament said publicly that transgender people should be exiled.
We need more voices coming for equity.
On this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we should all be encouraged to help build societies in which everyone is treated with dignity.
All people should have the same right to education, employment, housing, social protection, justice and healthcare.
This is particularly important when it comes to HIV. As we move toward a Fast Track strategy to end AIDS, we must ensure that men who have sex with men and transgender people are not left behind.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at unaids.org.br and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.