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On June 16, 2016, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power hosted a group of UN ambassadors at the historic Stonewall Inn in New York’s West Village, the place where the modern LGBT rights movement began.
Ambassadors and representatives from 16 countries, the European Union, the United Nations, and civil society met to reflect on the tragic attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in the early hours of Sunday, June 12, in which 49 people lost their lives and many others were hurt. Before the meeting, a participant in the initial Stonewall riots told the Core Group ambassadors about the events of 1969 and the significance of Stonewall Inn in the context of the LGBT rights movement in the United States and across the world.
During the meeting, the group discussed the UN Security Council's historic decision on June 13 to condemn the targeting in Orlando of people on the basis of their sexual orientation. They also discussed the need for concrete steps to be taken to advance LGBT rights at the United Nations and beyond. The group agreed on the need to adopt a UN Human Rights Council resolution that would enshrine systematic reporting to document violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The group also discussed the upcoming ministerial-level LGBTI conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, in July, which will bring together government and civil society actors to discuss ways to advance LGBTI rights around the world. The group vowed to work tirelessly on this agenda to honor the memories of those who lost their lives in attacks like Orlando and elsewhere around the world where LGBTI persons are targeted.
The full list of countries and organizations that attended the meeting include: the United States, the EU, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, Montenegro, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, and OutRight Action International.