Event on LGBTI and Feminist Movements


Welcome to this UN General Assembly 76th Session Side Event: "LGBTI and Feminist Movements: Pushing back Against the Pushback". The event takes place on 17 November at 9 AM (EST).

The fight to advance gender equality and LGBTI human rights include combatting phobias and everyday violence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and nonbinary people. Anti-gender actors continue to these populations as they seek to revert gender equality gains, perpetuate anti-LGBTI narratives, and capitalize on anti-gender ideologies to detract from socio-economic hardships and attack democratic rule and the rule of law.

At the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI IE) delivered his annual report in the Third Committee titled “Practices of Exclusion”. The report analyzed the backlash against the incorporation of gender frameworks in international human rights law, including the experiences of LGBTI human rights defenders and the exclusion of trans and nonbinary individuals by anti-gender actors. This report followed the SOGI IE’s first report on gender theory delivered earlier this year at the 47th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC47), which concluded that international human rights law supports an inclusionary approach. 

This global, diverse, cross-regional event will discuss the conclusions of the SOGI IE’s two reports on gender and continue the discussions from an initial side event at HRC47. It will bring together state representatives and civil society members, including women and LGBTI human rights defenders, to speak to the challenges and opportunities created by the crises we face today, and to share reflections on the importance of inclusive and intersectional feminist LGBTI mobilization. 

The discussion will inform listeners of the diverse and unique challenges facing LGBTI individuals in the advancement of gender equality, how they are confronting these challenges, and how feminist and LGBTI values are intrinsically linked. This includes discussion on how anti-gender, anti-feminist, and anti-LGBTI efforts are harming democratic structures and processes, creating heightened restrictions on civic space, and putting LGBTI rights defenders at more and more risk in a number of contexts. Lastly, the event will highlight how UN Mechanisms have contributed to both feminist and LGBTI movements, shedding light on ways member states can ensure that their engagement with the UN contains an intersectional lens, ensuring the protection of persons of diverse genders and sexualities.  

State co-sponsors: The Netherlands and Argentina; Co-organisers: COC Nederland, CREA, GATE, ILGA World, ISHR, IPPF, Outright Action International,  RFSL, TGEU, CRR.


Date and time:

17 November at 9 AM (EST).


  • Geeta Misra, ED of CREA


  • Mauro Cabral Grinspan, GATE
  • Representative from the Argentine Government (TBD)
  • Representative from the Dutch Government – Ambassador for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Pascalle Grotenhuis
  • Ms. Tlaleng Mofokeng, SR on Health
  • Victor Madrigal, SOGI IE