Great news: U.S. will officially use the non-binding expression ‘sexual rights’

Great news: U.S. will officially use the non-binding expression ‘sexual rights’
Source: Nathan Chute/Reuters

[Ed. – Apparently, we think this is a way to sit with the popular kids in the lunchroom, or something.]

The U.S. government says it will begin using the term “sexual rights” in discussions of human rights and global development.

The statement at a U.N. meeting this week comes after years of lobbying from rights groups who have argued that the U.S. should show global leadership on the rights of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

The statement, posted on a State Department website, says sexual rights include people’s “right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence.” …

A deputy U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Richard Erdman, announced the new use of the term Tuesday at a meeting of the executive board of the U.N. women’s agency, UN Women.

In his comments, Erdman noted that the United States would use the term “sexual rights” for rights that are not legally binding.

“Sexual rights are not human rights, and they are not enshrined in international human rights law; our use of this term does not reflect a view that they are part of customary international law,” he said. “It is, however, a critical expression of our support for the rights and dignity of all individuals regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

Nevertheless, Sipel described the U.S. decision as “the United States catching up with the rest of the world.”

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