The United States just appointed the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex) persons, and Planned Parenthood. In a blog written for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Latanya Mapp Frett discusses the significance of this new position in the realm of global reproductive health.
"The appointment comes at a time of great progress, and great challenges, for the LGBTI movement. Marriage equality continues to spread across the U.S., and LGBTI people are beginning to garner more positive mainstream attention and media representation. At the same time, decades of structural oppression, discrimination, violence, and misinformation have not yet been erased or ended, especially in communities of colour. Yet the State Department’s announcement comes just a month after U.S. Representative Chris Smith stated in a public hearing in the U.S. Congress that that he does 'not construe homosexual rights as human rights.' We have a long way to go."