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UN expert: US progress on LGBT rights but equality lacking

FILE - Flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2019. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the independent U.N. expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, said Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, that enormous progress has been achieved in the last 50 years for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States but unfortunately “equality is not yet within reach and in many cases not within sight” for LGBT communities.  (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz, File)
FILE – Flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2019. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the independent U.N. expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, said Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, that enormous progress has been achieved in the last 50 years for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States but unfortunately “equality is not yet within reach and in many cases not within sight” for LGBT communities. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz, File)

Ns News Online Desk: UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Enormous progress has been achieved in the last 50 years for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States but unfortunately “equality is not yet within reach and in many cases not within sight” for LGBT communities, the independent U.N. expert on sexual orientation and gender identity said Tuesday.

Victor Madrigal-Borloz told a U.N. press conference after a 10-day visit to the United States that he applauds President Joe Biden for “very powerful” executive actions during his first days in office seeking to eradicate discrimination and violence against the LGBT community. But he said he is “extremely concerned” about a concerted series of actions at the state and local level based “on prejudice and stigma, to attack and to rollback the rights of LGBT persons.”

Madrigal-Borloz said that in access to health, employment, education and housing, the LGBT community suffers.

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