Berlin (dpa) – For Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), the fight against discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex (LGBTI in short) is part of German human rights policy. “Human rights are indivisible and apply universally, regardless of sexual orientation. However, in all societies of the world, people who do not conform to the traditional image of gender classification continue to experience discrimination or even and all violence. We take a stand against our human rights policy, “Maas said on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia on Monday. “Our commitment to human rights applies to everyone, but especially to those who are deprived of their rights. Love is not a crime.”
He said diplomatic and foreign policy instruments would be used at all levels. “We defend in international forums the respect, protection and guarantee of human rights for LGBTI people; we support the work of civil society organizations acting at local, regional or international level; we offer local spaces for exchange and we promote meetings and support in the cultural project and work, ”Maas explained. He was referring to a concept of inclusion adopted by the federal government in March. According to the ministry, this concept envisages that “the human rights of LGBTI people in foreign policy and development cooperation are constantly taken into account.”
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia dates back to May 17, 1990, when the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to remove homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses.