Watch: The Pro-LGBT Message Heard Around the World
This week, the United Nations released a video aimed at the 76 countries around the world that still criminalize homosexuality. The video is gentle and touching, featuring a rainbow of LGBT people from around the world, but the message within is loud and clear: If you don’t protect your LGBT citizens, you are breaking the law.
“Every nation is obligated by international human rights law to protect all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender from torture, discrimination and violence,” says United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who has spoken out on the issue of LGBT rights in the past, most notably in the 2012 Human Rights Council session when she famously said, “Punish violence and hatred, not love.”
Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general closes the video with the a simple but powerful message: “To the millions of LGBT people around the world: You are not alone.”
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