Homophobic and transphobic violence

This 2-page fact sheet by United Nations Human Rights (UNHR) outlines reports on homophobic and transphobic violence in all regions of the world, ranging from aggressive, sustained psychological bullying to physical assault, torture, kidnapping and targeted killings. Sexual violence has also been widely reported, including so-called “corrective” or “punitive” rape, in which men rape women assumed to be lesbian on the pretext of trying to “cure” their victims of homosexuality. It also outlines states’ obligations under international law to protect LGBT people’s rights to life, to security of person, and to freedom from torture and ill-treatment. Examples of violence incidents reported the UNHR office are highlighted.