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Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon Condemns Anti-LGBT Violence at Historic UN Hearing as Muslim, African Leaders Walk Out: VIDEO

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Yesterday, at the start of the UN Human Rights Council’s historic hearing on LGBT equality, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon denounced violence and discrimination against LGBT people:

Said the Secretary General:

"To those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, let me say, you are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you, is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to uphold. Today, I stand with you and I call upon all countries and people to stand with you too. A historic shift is underway. More states see the gravity of the problem…We must tackle the violence, decriminalize consensual same-sex relationships, end discrimination and educate the public."

Several leaders from Islamic and African nations from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation walked out, Think Progress LGBT reports:

A diplomat from Pakistan described homosexuality as “licentious behavior promoted under the concept of ‘sexual orientation’ is against the fundamental teachings of various religions including Islam.” He added, “From this perspective, legitimizing homosexuality and other personal sexual behaviors in the name of sexual orientation is unacceptable to the OIC,” he added.

Representatives from Nigeria joined the walkout, “saying that violence against citizens based on their sexual orientation or gender identity simply didn’t occur in the state, while Mauritania, of another Arab group, all of whose members are also in the OIC, warned that any so-called attempt to impose ‘the controversial topic of sexual orientation’ would threaten to undermine progress on other human rights issues.”

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  1. If these homophobic nations and its people are so insistent on clinging to 12th century attitudes, perhaps we should help them along by bombing them back into the 12th century, as they're so fond of excusing violence and crimes against humanity in the name of tradition and moral religious teachings.

    Posted by: atomic | Mar 8, 2012 12:09:35 PM


  2. Islamic countries are all for human rights...as long as it's only Islamic rights and nobody else's.

    Posted by: Myackie | Mar 8, 2012 12:12:48 PM


  3. @Atomic Come on, now. You now the white man made them that way--they are all just innocent victims of colonialism (sarcasm intended).

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 8, 2012 12:13:54 PM


  4. Backwards, ignorant people resent being reprimanded and simply cling harder than ever to their positions out of spite. Gentle persuasion doesn't work too well either. They cannot be changed.

    But good for the Secretary General!

    http://www.spectacle.org/0802/hogan.html

    Posted by: Yeek | Mar 8, 2012 12:33:39 PM


  5. They're not innocent and they;re no victims, but colonialism did play a role in their current attidue and actions. Happily they're being pushed off the world stage. Another generation and they'll be gone.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 8, 2012 12:35:17 PM


  6. I wonder if theses people would have walked out if it were Hillary up there (or any american official)giving a similar speech.

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 8, 2012 12:39:40 PM


  7. If Rick Santorum had been there he would have walked out too.

    Posted by: Don | Mar 8, 2012 12:45:53 PM


  8. First of all, many of these homophobes are a bunch of hypocrites. Years ago I had a male roommate who's boyfriend was the Ambassador to Iran (Hussein something or other)and he kept an apartment in San Francisco (Russian Hill) and played around with all the boys.

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 8, 2012 12:46:44 PM


  9. it really puts things in perspective, eh? despite the utterly overwhelming culture of legalized violent-hatred in some other nations there are still LGBT people within them that are Coming Out, Living Out, standing up to be counted.

    and then we have gay white grown adult males here in North America....who continue to give excuses for not Coming Out to anyone other than the man they're tricked into blowing them.

    stunning, eh? that despite the massive progress of north america there are still people who refuse to take advantage of what freedoms we have here. and that overseas where the climate of hate is astonishing high....there are still people risking it all to Come Out.

    no wonder some people choose to ignore this in order to make anti-Islam or anti-Africa remarks. it's easier to do that than to acknowledge the truth that despite being a White American Man, they don't yet have the orbs to live with the same courage as a great man gay africans. and to a racist, that's gotta hurt.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 8, 2012 12:48:38 PM


  10. Colonialism is not necessarily responsible, many of the interpretations of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism that people hate so much are cultural interpretations that were enabled or exist in order to gain acceptance by the people being "conquered/colonized".

    Female genital cutting, for example, is attributed to Islam as it is not proliferated by Islamic practice to nations outside of Africa, but it generated in African cultural practice that predated either Islam or Christianity.

    Posted by: Rin | Mar 8, 2012 12:50:29 PM


  11. Well, I am happy SG spoke out. He could have done it before.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 8, 2012 1:05:54 PM


  12. Well, at least unlike five years ago the United States is finally on the right side of these issues at the UN. The last administration routinely voted with these walking-out nations on LGBT issues.

    Posted by: Jeff R | Mar 8, 2012 1:05:58 PM


  13. I think it is time to start exposing the rampant same sex behavior that goes on in gender segregated Islamic nations.

    Posted by: qj201 | Mar 8, 2012 1:34:01 PM


  14. Let them walk!! It will not change that as gay people we demand our rights!!

    Posted by: s | Mar 8, 2012 1:41:49 PM


  15. @KIWI, very valid point regarding privileged, closeted gays in our midst. They have an obligation to rest of us and should recognize the unbelievable challenges faced by other LGBT communities around the world.

    An adult gay white male in the US with some degree of material comfort has a responsibility to be OUT.

    Of course, this should not stop anyone from expressing well-deserved criticism to regimes around the world that oppress their LBGT communities. Hiding behind Islam or "cultural norms" to excuse violence and discrimination against our brothers and sisters is unacceptable.

    Posted by: Xavi | Mar 8, 2012 1:50:03 PM


  16. Basically they dont think there is any other sexuality other than straight. Being gay or another 'alt' sexuality is just a deliberate act of willful sinning and therefore a criminal act.

    These people are in the dark ages because it suits then. They can make nuclear weapons and super tall buildings, but cant understand simple biology.

    Posted by: Rovex | Mar 8, 2012 2:24:44 PM


  17. Thank you Mr Sec. Gen BAN-KI MOON.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 8, 2012 3:41:08 PM


  18. KIWI, I'm with you all the way, but - with all due respect - this one's a bit of a stretch. Is there any topic you won't try to connect with a beratement of closeted men? I think they're cowards, too ... but it's not necessary to make every subject about that one issue. And I don't believe that's the issue here.

    I almost have to wonder why you didn't comment yesterday on the post about saving the beached dolphins with something along the lines of, considering that homosexual behavior is well documented in dolphins and not a single one of them is in the oceanic closet, don't the jerks in North America who won't come out of the closet feel shamed by comparison to these brave mammals of the sea?

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 8, 2012 3:42:00 PM


  19. @LittleKiwi You are spot effing on.

    Posted by: Munro | Mar 8, 2012 3:49:03 PM


  20. ZLICK - dolphins don't have socially-ingrained anti-LGBT prejudices keeping them closeted.

    it's just one of those realities - people here in north america, ADULTS< GROWN UP ADULTS, give excuses for not coming out and Living Out - excuses that amount to, "well, uh, it's hard"

    well, duh. but at what point does a grown man stop giving excuses and start being real?

    a great many gay men in north america are not Out, not because of some actual threat to their wellbeing or job stability - it's just a threat to their vanity and ego. they've hidden for too long and have developed an insecurity that manifests as "pride" in their Act.

    people are coming out in places where they can be put to death and we have people here on this continent who are refusing to come out because "they want the neighbours and co-workers to think that they're a Real Man"

    what utter tripe.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 8, 2012 3:57:48 PM


  21. I try to be fair-minded about Muslims and assume that they are a decent people but after reading this I can only think, f*ck off you bunch of camel f*ckers.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Mar 8, 2012 4:26:31 PM


  22. "Muslims" are not the reason that the US has a high LGBT YOuth suicide rate. Muslims are not the reason that there is anti-gay discrimination written into law and policy in more than 30 States.

    Muslims are not the reason that you guys were, and some still ARE, living with one foot in the Closet.

    before you get angry at Muslims, take a good look at the Christofascist nightmate that is the USA>

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 8, 2012 4:31:28 PM


  23. @Oliver and QJ201 As one who has enjoyed the fruits of the Islamic world (no pun intended--OK, pun intended--LOL), I have to say that people in the West just don't understand the culture. "Gay" really does not exist in most Islamic countries--you see, "gay" really IS a Western invention.

    And those of you who are trying to force "gay" on other cultures are just missing the boat.

    I have no doubt, Oliver, that your story is absolutely true. Bisexual behavior is RAMPANT in the Middle East--among men, at least--far more so than in the West. In fact, I have found that it is the easiest place in the world to get laid--you don't even have to seek out "gay" places or "gay" people--just make eye contact with a guy who looks interesting and he will usually get the message.....and there is a good chance that he will take you up on your offer if you are reasonably attractive.

    In a lot of ways, this is so refreshing a change from all the "gay"/"straight" BS of the West. You have to be discreet in the Middle East, but if you are, the guys you really want are much more available than they would be in the West

    And what makes this cornucopia available is, of course, the separation of the genders in Islamic societies. Men socialize almost entirely with men (including at worship time), have much more intimate friendships with other men than is possible in the West, and women virtually never have sex outside of marriage, so the only option available to most guys other than their wives is other guys--and they don't even have wives as options, obviously, until they get married.

    So some of you can go on wailing about all the "oppression" in the Middle East and elsewhere in the Islamic world.....the rest of us will just enjoy its many enticing pleasures.....and not be the least concerned about "gayness"

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 8, 2012 4:47:23 PM


  24. And allow me to add that I have had plenty of luck cruising and having fun even in countries like Syria, where, as some are just now learning, the secret police are everywhere--and were no doubt watching me, as one of the few Americans who has visited Syria in recent years (I only saw one other American on my visit in '07 and very few other Westerners, period). The point is, they could easily have arrested me, but they did nothing....and the locals I was with did not seem the least bit concerned about what they were doing, either.

    Now, sub-Saharan Africa is another matter. I have traveled extensively there, too, but have never once been approached by another man for sex or even picked up a hint of interest--even though I have been approached by a few women, oddly enough. So I am not sure what to make of that, except that whatever homosexual activity does exist there is incredibly well-hidden.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 8, 2012 4:54:53 PM


  25. As usual, THANK YOU, Little Kiwi. Thank you for calling out bigotry and racism among those who are pompous enough to think they are free of it.

    You will be accused of "defending homophobes," but with you that accusation can never work--it's ridiculous. You've been fearless in speaking out against homophobia, misogyny, and racism.

    Thanks.

    ...and I swore I'd never post on this blog again.

    But you may be to harsh on that evil-azz Nazi named Rick. I think you make him wet himself...with urine too.

    Posted by: Derrick from wherever | Mar 8, 2012 5:01:25 PM


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