Human rights are universal and apply equally to all people everywhere. The Government is proud to stand up for the rights of LGBT people. We will continue to do so across the world over the coming year, raising LGBT rights in international meetings and through our diplomatic missions around the globe, and maintaining our strong support for the UN’s Free and Equal Campaign.
We will also use our voice at the United Nations to push for the repeal of laws which make criminals of individuals on the basis of who they are, how they are perceived or whom they love, and to help ensure that the international development agenda beyond 2015 leaves no one behind.
I am delighted that the UK has recently joined the UN’s LGBT Core Group in New York, and we look forward to working with partners from every region of the world over this coming year to combat discrimination in all its forms.