UN Special Message on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. To celebrate, the UN Office for the High Commissioner of Human Rights has issued this special message to all LGBT people: “You are not alone”, and “LGBT rights are human rights”.

This comes one month after General Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon gave an impassioned speech condemning the governments of states around the world who refuse to protect their LGBT citizens from discrimination.

Acknowledging possible opposition to LGBT rights, he went on to say that culture, tradition and religion could “never justify the denial of basic rights.” He ended by pledging his continued support, and addressing the LGBT community, he said: “I’m with you.”

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