A new report from
a global human rights organization says the United
States is not protecting its gay citizens--and the
group hopes its findings might prompt questioning from
the United Nations. The report, released Monday by
Global Rights, came just hours before the United
Nations Human Rights Committee's scheduled information
session with the United States.
The report cites what it calls "major gaps" in
protections for gay Americans. According to Global
Rights, "standardized nondiscrimination protections
based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and
gender expression" are needed at the federal level.
The report also criticizes the military's "don't
ask, don't tell" policy and notes that 21 states do
not have hate-crime statutes based on real or
perceived sexual orientation. Global Rights said it had
hoped the report might prompt the U.N. Human Rights
Committee to question the United States about its
treatment of gay Americans.
But according to the United Nations Web
site, much of the scheduled questioning was regarding
"counterterrorism" measures and the rights of
detainees. While several questions are scheduled dealing
with equality and discrimination, sexual orientation
is not specifically mentioned.
Questioning is scheduled to run through Tuesday
morning. (Sirius OutQ News)