In the evening of June 15, during the 46th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of the American States, the creation of a core group on the promotion of the rights of LGBTI persons was announced. Brazil undertakes the initiative in addition to Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Mexico and Uruguay.
Brazil has actively taken part in the discussions on the promotion and protection of the rights of LGBTI persons in several multilateral fora, and is a member of the group of countries on the same theme within the Council of Human Rights, in Geneva, and the United Nations General Assembly, in New York.
In the 2015 Report on Violence Against LGBTI Persons, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights noted that "LGBTI persons, or persons perceived as such, are subject to various forms of violence and discrimination based on the perception of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression” and that “these situations of violence and discrimination are a clear violation of their human rights, as recognized by international and inter-American instruments on human rights”
The newly created group of countries is committed to support OAS efforts aimed at ensuring that all human beings are able to live free from violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, acknowledging the importance of addressing multiple and overlapping forms of discrimination. It also looks forward to collaborating with civil society organizations and other social actors so as to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTI persons.
In the statement which formalized the establishment of the core group, Brazil and the other founding members urge that "the tragic shooting in Orlando underscore the urgency and the imperative to work together to prevent discrimination, violence, and hate against LGBTI persons or any other historically marginalized group."