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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations (U.N.) Office on Human Rights (OHCHR) is preparing to blacklist organizations that defend traditional values in opposition to the international LGBTQI agenda.
The memo — dubbed "Call for input to a thematic report: Gender, sexual orientation and gender identity" — states that there are “narratives that, under different lines of characterization (including the accusation of so-called ‘gender ideology’),” in various multilateral and regional organizations, “seek to eliminate the gender framework from international human rights law instruments and processes, and national legislative and policy documents.”
In the memo, intended for LGBTQI advocates, the organization called on “states, regional and national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, U.N. agencies, academic institutions, local governments and other relevant stakeholders,” to inform the “Independent Expert” with their contributions and views.
Independent Expert Victor Madrigal-Borloz, a Costa Rican who is a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, will offer his report based on the feedback at the June 2021 meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
The OHCHR independent expert:
seeks to document how these narratives are being used to fuel violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and their particular impact on sexual and reproductive rights; as well as the impact of feminist thinking in the analysis of these phenomena and its contributions to possible solutions.
The document asks, for example, whether national governments have incorporated into public policy, legislation or jurisprudence “working definitions of gender and related concepts,” which include “gender theory, gender-based approaches, gender perspective [and] gender mainstreaming” to “address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The memo asks whether “comprehensive sexuality education” is offered in schools that "incorporates diverse sexual orientation and gender identity perspectives.” According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, comprehensive sexuality education includes indoctrination on the “difference between gender and sex; exploring gender roles and attributes; understanding perceptions of masculinity and femininity within the family ... manifestations and consequences of gender bias, stereotypes and inequality (including self-stigmatization).”
The U.N. memo refers to conscientious objection of LGBT ideology as a mere “figure,” rather than a moral imperative or basic human right guaranteed by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. It also zeroes in on traditional religious teachings as an obstacle to LGBTQ initiatives.
Are there examples where the concept of gender has been used in religious narratives or narratives of tradition, traditional values or protection of the family to hinder the adoption of legislative or policy measures aimed at addressing or eradicating violence and discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity?
Are there examples in which narratives or "gender ideology," "genderism" or other gender-related concepts have been used to introduce regressive measures, in particular but not limited to LGBT persons or communities?
After asking whether countries had initiatives “limiting the enjoyment of human rights (including sexual and reproductive rights) of LGBT persons,” it asks whether there have been: "public expressions or statements by political and/or religious leaders that have led to indefinite extension, modification or suppression of actions, activities, projects, public policies or application of gender frameworks.”
Numerous groups have pressured the U.N. and the United States to adopt policies at odds with traditional definitions of marriage and the right to life. For example, Human Rights Watch (HRW) joined in 2020 with more than 100 other organizations to denounce the Trump administration’s efforts to prioritize “freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the human rights of women, girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.” Among the cosigners of the document were Guttmacher Institute, Human Rights Campaign and Catholics for Choice.
While demanding abortion for underage girls, HRW has called on the U.N. to guarantee "all adolescents, defined by the U.N. as persons between the ages of 10 and 19, the right to make autonomous decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and rights is a critical component of the right to equality and nondiscrimination. Denial of this right has a disproportionate impact on girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.”
Another powerful organization in the service of the LGBTQ agenda in foreign policy is the Council for Global Equality (CGE). It issued "Centering the Rights of LGBTI Individuals in U.S. Foreign Policy: A Pathway to Effective Global Leadership," as guidance to the incoming Biden administration to “insist” that the federal government and American embassies “use all available diplomatic, political and financial opportunities to support human and civil rights protections for LGBTI individuals around the world.”
As part of an international nexus of like-minded foundations and pressure groups, CGE stated that it seeks to “repair the damage done by the Trump Administration’s short-sighted isolationism and harmful ‘America First’ policies.”
CGE is one of several nonprofits and leftist organizations that receive administrative services from Community Initiatives, a pass-through organization valued at more than $32 million that manages anonymous donations.
A measure of the success of such groups in the new administration was reported by NBC News, which noted that CGE chair Mark Bromley is pleased that “LGBTI concerns featured so prominently in the president’s first major foreign policy speech.”
He was referring to President Biden’s Feb. 4 address to the State Department when he issued his "Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World."
The memo directs federal agencies abroad “to ensure that United States diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons.” Thus, the United States will cooperate with the U.N., European Union and like-minded countries to assert the LGBTQ agenda worldwide.
Biden said he wanted to “reinvigorate” American “leadership on LGBTQI issues ... internationally.” He is building upon the “historic legacy” left by Barack Obama, who in 2011 issued the first presidential memorandum promoting LGBTQ rights globally.
The memo proclaimed:
It shall be the policy of the United States to pursue an end to violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics and to lead by the power of our example in the cause of advancing the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.
Since taking office, Biden repealed a ban put into place by the Trump administration banning transgender people openly serving in the military. He also signed an executive order that directed the Executive Branch to implement the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, which found that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The opinion was written by Neil Gorsuch, whom President Trump nominated to the High Court. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh were in the minority.
According to Human Rights Watch, there are approximately 70 countries that still recognize traditional marriage and have laws forbidding sodomy and other sexual perversions. While most of these are in Africa and the Middle East, the Caribbean nations of Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica, for example, still have anti-sodomy laws on the books. Also, pro-life President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, who was inaugurated in 2020, has come out firmly against same-sex “marriage.”
American taxpayers are funding the LGBTQI agenda in several countries. For example, the U.S. Department of State recently announced that the Global Equality Fund, which is described as a coalition of governments and nonprofits to advance the LGBTQI agenda worldwide, was offering a grant of up to $1 million to LGBTQI-pressure groups.
The Global Equality Fund was established during the Obama administration and has donated millions to advance its cause. In addition to the U.S. Agency for International Development (which is managed by the Department of State), partners include several foreign governments, as well as the Arcus Foundation, John D. Evans Foundation, Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity, MAC Viva Glam cosmetics, Deloitte LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, Hilton Worldwide, Bloomberg, Human Rights Campaign and Out Leadership.