Since then, at least in North America and western Europe, there have been enormous changes in the acceptance of
homosexuality and bisexuality by therapists and the general public -- with the exception of
social and religious conservatives. transgender and transsexual persons appear
to be the next groups surfacing to seek human rights in the U.S. and Canada.
There have been many laws at the municipal, state/province, and country
level that have guaranteed equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations.
There have even been a few for transgender persons and transsexuals. Unfortunately the UDHR has never been updated
accordingly. 3 In fact, as 2008 drew to a close,
"... not a
single international human rights convention explicitly acknowledges the human
rights of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual] people."
This section will discuss deficiencies in the UDHR and new attempts to
establish an international convention that includes all sexual minorities.
is not a simple task where the reactions of the world's governments towards sexual minorities
Selling them a marriage license and congratulating them on their upcoming
Arresting, charging, trying them in court, and executing them. Same-sex sexual behavior is a capital crime in six countries -- all predominately Muslim.
So far, all the world has been able to accomplish is a single, non-binding UN
resolution passed by a minority of the countries of the world. Still, a
non-binding resolution is better than no resolution at all. It is a major
accomplishment and gives hope to LGBTs for the future.