World Bank promotes the LGBT agenda. International and UN experts join.

By Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D. | May 16, 2017

On the “International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia” (IDAHOT 2017) an incredible number of events and activities focused on the rights of individuals who identify as members of the LGBTIQ community will take place all around the world.

Readers might be surprised to learn that the World Bank will be one of the biggest sponsors of this advocacy. As reported on its website, on May 17, the World Bank will organize and participate in a series of events in Bangkok, Salzburg, and Washington, DC, to commemorate IDAHOT 2017.

“These activities aim to highlight the challenges and opportunities for promoting the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in global development—in pursuit of the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.”

Since January 2015, the Bank has a SOGI Task Force “to place a stronger emphasis on the SOGI agenda as well as to spearhead a coherent effort for SOGI inclusion.” Since last November, it also has a SOGI Global Advisor.

The World Bank presents itself as “one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.” The definition now applies also to “developing” rights.

As of today, human rights remain as universal as they were in 1948. They belong equally to all human beings, regardless of their sexual preferences, habits, or feelings.

The World Bank’s activism, however, comes in egregious company.

On May 16, a joint press release by UN and international human rights experts, called for protections of “trans and gender diverse children.”

Yes, children.

Regardless on one’s views on LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, or on “gender as a social construct,” I am deeply troubled at the idea that a child should be addressed based upon his/her sexual preferences.  I think we should all be.

The UN experts included: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC); UN Committee Against Torture (CAT); Mr. Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights; Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Mr. Dainius Pῡras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health; Ms. Dubravka Dubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, and the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice.

It was signed also by: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR); the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR): Mr. Lawrence Murugu Mute, Chairperson of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa; and by the Council of Europe: Mr. Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights.

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