LGBT Rights Debate Unfolds at the UN (VIDEO)

Repost from the Huffington Post

For decades the word “gay” was almost never heard in formal meetings at the United Nations. Today, after a series of recent diplomatic breakthroughs, awareness of the gravity and extent of homophobic violence and discrimination — and the need to tackle it — is widespread and growing.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his human rights chief Navi Pillay have led the way. In 2010 they launched a global appeal for the decriminalization of homosexuality and for other measures to safeguard the rights of LGBT people. Since then they have taken up the issue repeatedly in public speeches and private meetings, urging governments to confront homophobic prejudice, not pander to it, and to punish violence and hatred, not love. Continue Reading

3 Responses to “LGBT Rights Debate Unfolds at the UN (VIDEO)”

  1. 1 Nick March 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Reblogged this on beautifulrelationcalledlove and commented:
    Towards a better world…… for Us,…… for All

  2. 3 ptrentolsen March 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Reblogged this on P. Trent Olsen, Ph.D.c and commented:
    Some interesting thoughts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. I wonder, though, why this discrimination is becoming a violation of human rights now. Of course, I am by no means against this change. But I am reminded of Scalia’s repeated questioning during last week’s US Supreme Court hearing on marriage equality asking: “Was it unconstitutional?…When did that happen?”

    Here, the UN response is it is the proper enforcement of existing rights. Even if this is the case, it seems to me that proponents should be able to answer “why now” for sexual minority human rights, beyond simply concluding “a dialogue among states is at last unfolding at the United Nations. A lid has been lifted…” Operative phrase: at last.

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