OHCHR Publications on LGBTI People and Human Rights


A Focus on Intersex People

The 2019 Intersex Background Note offers an in-depth analysis of the specific human rights violations faced by Intersex people and the corresponding human rights obligations of States. It identifies gaps, challenges and positive developments in charting the way forward to ensure that the human rights of intersex people are respected, protected and fulfilled.

Intersex Background Note (2019)
PDF: English

Born Free and Equal: a Toolkit for States

Born Free and Equal sets out the source and scope of some of the core legal obligations that States have to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The publication is designed as a tool for States, to help them better understand the nature of their obligations and the steps required to meet them, as well as for civil society activists, human rights defenders and others seeking to hold Governments to account for breaches of international human rights law.

Born Free and Equal, Revised Edition (November 2019)
PDF: English

The first edition (2012) is available in the 6 UN official languages
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
Unofficial translations: Farsi فارسی | Khmer ភាសាខ្មែរ | Portuguese Português | Tetum Lia-Tetun | Turkish Türkçe | Vietnamese Tiếng Việt Nam

Living Free and Equal: Good Practices by States

Living Free and Equal provides more than 200 examples of how States are tackling violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and intersex people.

Living Free and Equal offers guidance and inspiration based on initiatives taken by Governments, courts, parliaments, national human rights institutions and others around the world to implement international human rights standards. Advice to States also draws on United Nations recommendations to protect, respect and fulfil the rights of LGBT individuals. The document also identifies gaps and challenges, and makes recommendations on how to address them.

This handbook is a must for Government officials, parliamentarians, judges, officials of national human rights institutions, human rights defenders—anyone interested in upholding the fundamental human rights of LGBTI persons.

Living Free and Equal
PDF: English | Español

Resources on combatting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics

Learn more about the human rights challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and intersex people everywhere. Find out what actions you can take to protect their human rights, and tackle violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics.

UN Free & Equal campaign factsheets

Transgender
PDF: 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Portuguese Português

Bisexuality
PDF: 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Portuguese Português

Bullying and Violence in School
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Portuguese Português | Creole

Asylum and Refuge
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español

Human Rights of LGBT persons: Frequently Asked Questions
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Farsi فارسی | Portuguese Português | Tetum Lia-Tetun

Intersex
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español

International Human Rights Law and Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Farsi فارسی | Portuguese Português

Equality and non-discrimination
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Farsi فارسی | Portuguese Português | Creole

Criminalization
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Farsi فارسی | Portuguese Português

Homophobic and transphobic violence
PDF: العربية | 中文 | English | Français | русский | Español
and unofficial translations: Farsi فارسی | Portuguese Português | Creole

Other OHCHR fact sheets, brochures, infographics and information series

The United Nations Speaks Out: Tackling Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is a collaborative effort between OHCHR, UNDP, UNAIDS and WHO. It is available as a full-colour, four-fold pamphlet, standard and printer versions, and as an A4, simplified version.

Infographic: Sexual orientation and gender identity throughout history
PDF: English

OHCHR information series on sexual and reproductive health and rights – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
PDF: English