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UN Human Rights Office Urges End to Homophobia, Promises 'Free and Equal' World: VIDEO


A striking new campaign video from the United Nations human rights office speaks directly about the oppression of LGBT people and features messages from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

Says Pillay: "Every nation is obligated by international human rights law to protect all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination and violence."

Adds Ban and a chorus of voices: "The United Nations has one simple message to the millions of LGBT people around the world...You are not alone. LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal,"



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  1. Awesome.

    Posted by: Douglas | May 14, 2013 1:03:39 PM

  2. Obviously I agree with this message, but I have no idea what she's referring to when she says that international human rights law obligates protections for LGBTs. There are international statutes/conventions for women and minorities, but LGBTs aren't considered a minority by tons of UN member states.

    But who cares. This is basically a warning to a few countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 14, 2013 1:09:06 PM

  3. It's nice to see the UN "say" all the right things. How about "doing" the right thing and making countries like Russia and Africa suffer financially for their brutal(& deadly)BIGOTRY/HATRED directed at their LGBT citizens. Even better would be to allow their GLBT citizens some form of remedy to escape these hate-filled,religiously dogmatic governments with their ignorant hate-filled residents.
    Glossy ads feel good but don't solve the problem for those GLBT folks suffering with no recourse. Time for the UN to prove they have any worth at all on the world stage.

    Posted by: SFshawn | May 14, 2013 1:23:24 PM

  4. Now the UN needs to expel those countries, especially Russia et al, from the United Nations. Do that UN and you've got real guts. Pleading through public ads will not save the lives of gay people being murdered at this very moment.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | May 14, 2013 1:47:42 PM

  5. ........not to compare Apples and Cadillacs, America...but....well, until your country no longer has anti-gay discrimination and prejudice codified into law you're not really in much of a place to get pious.

    sure, it's better over here than in...uh..Uganda. but when you compare the US to the other countries who have taken anti-gay bigotry out of law and policy...well..... you know what i mean.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 14, 2013 1:59:01 PM

  6. NEW YORK TIMES NEWS BREAK - This story will dominate.
    Justice Department Opens Inquiry Into I.R.S. Audits
    Published: May 14, 2013
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said on Tuesday that he had ordered the Justice Department and the F.B.I. to open an investigation into whether Internal Revenue Service officials broke any criminal laws by singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny.

    Posted by: GB | May 14, 2013 3:02:46 PM

  7. GB, what pray tell does your news item do with LGBT rights? Nothing that I can see.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | May 14, 2013 3:39:18 PM

  8. This style of editing individuals with dialogue has been used so often. It has worked selling pain relievers in TV ads. Will this deter a gay basher?

    Posted by: GB | May 14, 2013 3:48:23 PM

  9. Joseph, GB is a well-known republican troll. Just ignore him/her.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 14, 2013 3:51:41 PM

  10. Joseph: Conservatives have been the enemy of gay rights. This IRS investigation could show that they have been the victims of illegal activity or not.

    Posted by: GB | May 14, 2013 3:53:48 PM

  11. I've voted Democrat all my life. Like a good Bostonian.

    Posted by: GB | May 14, 2013 3:57:43 PM

  12. Although the gesture is great, hopefully it will one day become more than just words.

    Posted by: | May 14, 2013 5:24:05 PM

  13. 76 Countries where we're illegal.
    4 Countries where we face a legally sanctioned death penalty.

    Every country on Earth we face hate speech, loss of livelihood, brutality.

    Thank you Ban Ki-moon & Navi Pillay

    Hope this video gets (re)posted on as many human rights friendly sites as possible.

    Posted by: JONES | May 14, 2013 6:04:27 PM

  14. I understand the criticism regarding UN members who violate even the most basic human rights by allowing torture and criminalizing LGBT people and even executing us.

    But I just spent the last two years having conversations with my fellow Minnesotans about LGBT people, about who we truly are (diverse) and what we truly want and how we largely aspire to very similar goals as our straight brothers and sisters. Thousands of us had these conversations. In the North Star state, for the first time ever, a US state defeated an amendment that would have defined marriage as one man and one woman and we did it by retaining and building on our relationships with those who were ambivalent or disagreed.

    In doing so, we moved hearts and minds towards equality.

    UN Membership is granted rather liberally, so that a community of nations remains in perpetual existence and continues an international conversation that is reflective of our whole planet.

    We cannot move hearts and minds by writing off and expelling from the global community the 76 nations, as gratifying as that sort of condemnation would be. As just as that sort of condemnation would be, because I believe that would be a form of justice. But mercy is in order. We have other means of making our point than by saying the conversation is over and saying that certain nations aren't welcome or a part of the global community.

    Posted by: JDB | May 15, 2013 12:04:47 AM

  15. Also, Russia would veto expulsion on the grounds that homophobic nations protect their own, so we're kinda stuck with the 76 anyways.

    Posted by: JDB | May 15, 2013 12:07:12 AM

  16. JDB, thank you for what you and everyone else who had a hand in making equality a reality in Minnesota did. However, we need to be honest here. Minnesota is a blue state and has traditionally voted in a fair-minded way, and is controlled by Democrats. That sure ain't Russia, Namibia, and basically almost all of Africa, Middle East and large portions of Asia. These are countries that are rounding up and killing people who are LGBT. Time for conversation isn't right now. Right now we need to save lives and do whatever is necessary to work towards that goal. And the only way these countries seem to learn is by hitting them in their pocketbooks and taking away support.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 15, 2013 12:28:05 AM

  17. You can't punish a country if it's not a member of your organization. The UN can't impose sanctions on countries if it kicks them out. Also, it's the "United" Nations. Yes, a lot of countries are awful, but they have to be part of dialogue or they'll act even worse.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 15, 2013 1:45:44 AM

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