The perception of LGBTI+ rights as a Western concept

Break Out Session Round #3


Attacks against people identifying as or believed to be LGBTI are increasing almost globally. A carefully woven narrative (first promoted by Russia in 2013, and now seen entrenched in countries across the world) actively locates LGBTI people at the fringes of society, portraying them as people who have chosen to follow a non-traditional, decadent, Western lifestyle in direct opposition to traditional and family values. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not viewed as rights; but seen as a choice that willfully dismisses culture and betrays values. LGBTI people are therefore not seen as individuals who have rights and protections. 



Maria Munir


Activist and Public Speaker 


Brenda Rodriguez Alegre


Activist, PhD in Psychology and lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, board member of STRAP (The Society of Transsexual Women Advocates of the Philippines) and ILGA Asia and Women’s Committee. 

Joanita Warry Ssenfuka


Executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), a lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ), is a HRAP scholar from Columbia University, non-Governmental Organizations and Civic Activism scholar from the Institute of International Education (USA)

Mehlab Shaikh


Activist, researcher and technical support on a project centred on legal awareness, advocacy and documentation of violations based on SOGIESC at a community-based organization in Pakistan

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