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United Nations Launches Global Public Education Campaign For LGBT Rights: VIDEO

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On Friday, the United Nations officially unveiled a global public education campaign called 'Free & Equal,' with the goal of increasing support and awareness for LGBT rights around the world. The Washington Blade reports:

The year-long effort, which the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights unveiled during a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa, seeks to raise awareness of anti-LGBT violence and discrimination and encourage what it describes as 'greater respect for the rights of LGBT people.'

The "Free & Equal" campaign will stress what a press release described as the 'need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia.' The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights will also produce a number of videos that are similar to the one it released in May to mark the annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and gay South African Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron, who lives with HIV, joined U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the Cape Town press conference.

'Changing attitudes is never easy. But it has happened on other issues and it is happening already in many parts of the world on this one,' Pillay said. 'It begins with often difficult conversations. And that is what we want to do with this campaign. 'Free & Equal' will inspire millions of conversations among people around the world and across the ideological spectrum.'

'The [U.N.'s] Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises a world in which everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights - no exceptions, no one left behind,' Pillay said. 'Yet it's still a hollow promise for many millions of LGBT people forced to confront hatred, intolerance, violence and discrimination on a daily basis.'

Check out a powerful video about the new campaign's mission, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Oh, look, more meaningless posturing by the UN. I'm sure the stern fingerwagging from the same organization which empowers Saudi Arabia and much of the Middle East and African and Russian human rights violators will get things done.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Jul 26, 2013 8:50:37 PM

  2. As a kid I would "Trick or Treat" for Unicef, collecting coins. If only everyone on the planet loved gays, but they don't.

    Posted by: Gee | Jul 26, 2013 9:30:51 PM

  3. Don't be moronic. This is superb

    Posted by: Redhook | Jul 26, 2013 11:25:44 PM

  4. About time.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 27, 2013 3:41:58 AM

  5. This is pointless. It has no teeth so nothing will be achieved.

    MONEY is the only thing these countries care about. The UN needs to put pressure on countries to stop giving financial aid to countries with bad records on human rights. If the free money supply was cut off from these evil leaders their attitudes would change very quickly.
    Western countries need to STOP giving any kind of help - financial or otherwise to these terrible countries. Of course, that won't happen because politicians don't actually give a shi$ about gay people.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 27, 2013 4:11:13 AM

  6. Attitudes take a generation or longer to change and education is key. Look at the 180 degree turnaround on smoking which was ubiquitous and a rite of passage when I was a kid.

    So lighten up on the UN and let it finally step into an arena they have not had the awareness nor the moxy to, up until now. That alone singles progress in a multi-year process.

    The haters, both individual and mob motivated, are screaming louder than ever since they see their influence and addictive emotional energizers [hate] falling into the abyss of time as humanity progresses. In the flow of time, a millennium is but a second.

    Hold onto hope, eschew doubt and join the effort.

    Posted by: acde | Jul 27, 2013 1:14:37 PM

  7. A movement equivalent to the anti-apartheid movement needs to take place now around the world.

    Posted by: Daniel Curzon | Jul 27, 2013 3:23:16 PM

  8. This is a start. But it is not really that powerful. It doesn't really move people, don't really give understanding to those who are indifferent about LGBT. But a start is always good. Thank you, UN.

    Posted by: darkorient | Jul 30, 2013 12:10:06 PM

  9. In Sierra Leone, few are brave enough to advocate for gay rights, which would expose them to persecutions, threats, attacks, provocations and ridicule.

    Gay and Lesbians have their rights also. The rise in homosexuality, Lesbianism and bisexualism may seem to many a new way to express erotic Love. These sexual practices are not new. People who practice such sexual acts are now coming out because of the erosion of societal taboos, globalization and the freedom to do what one likes as long as it does not affect others. Because of medical improvements, transgender practices are now more frequent.

    The trouble about these forms of sexual practices is that it is frowned upon by most members of society on the grounds that it is unnatural, kinky on an outrageous way to express sexual acts. The reaction of people on those who carry out such sexual acts is sometimes disastrous.

    We all have our likes and dislikes. Going to great lengths in expressing our individual likes and dislikes in uncalled-for and should not forget that it takes all sorts to make the world; a reason why all should not be expected to behave or do things the same way.

    The discrimination, stigma, harassment and attacks of gays, lesbians and bisexual are sometimes unbearable. What two or more consenting adults decide to do in private should not be the business of anybody. The freedom we want for ourselves should be the freedom that we should want for others, homosexuals and lesbians not excepted. The media, religious bodies some civil society associations and organizations sometimes condemn same sex relationship and marriages. News of killing and molesting of Gays and lesbians is rampant.

    It could be recalled that the head of Gay’s organizations – “Pride Equality”, a friend of mine in Sierra Leone, a Sierra Leonean activist recently escaped a murder attempt when someone attempted to stab him with a fragment of glass.

    With all of these recorded events, when will people wake up to the call of gay and lesbians rights and hearken to the cry of activist? As long as what gays, Lesbians and bisexuals practice do not affects us, we should let them be.

    Posted by: Mohamed S Kamara | Jul 30, 2013 4:00:13 PM

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