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Combatting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity - Feature stories


LGBTI in Moldova march for equality

LGBTI in Moldova march for equality

The first LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) pride march, with the full backing of public authorities, was organized in the Republic of Moldova in commemoration of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia by the NGO Gender Doc-M. The UN Human Rights Office supported civil society and State partners in their efforts to ensure that the event took place successfully.
Powerful New Video on the International Day against Homophobia & Transphobia

Powerful New Video on the International Day against Homophobia & Transphobia

The UN Human Rights Office has released a compelling new video to encourage people to share their stories and speak up in support of LGBT friends, colleagues and family members on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
OHCHR launches UN’s first ever Bollywood music video against homophobia

OHCHR launches UN’s first ever Bollywood music video against homophobia

The UN Human Rights Office has released the UN’s first ever Bollywood-style music video to promote its Free & Equal anti-homophobia campaign in India.
Sports stars come out against homophobia

Sports stars come out against homophobia

Celebrity athletes join UN leaders and rights activists at a special event co-organized by the UN Human Rights Office on the role of sports in the fight against homophobia.
Unprecedented ministerial meeting on LGBT rights protection

Unprecedented ministerial meeting on LGBT rights protection

Foreign ministers call for worldwide respect of the human rights of LGBT people at the first ministerial UN meeting on that issue.
Threatening the rights of LGBT persons in Eastern Europe

Threatening the rights of LGBT persons in Eastern Europe

At a recent meeting in Kiev, participants expressed concern at the human rights impact of new laws in Eastern Europe, which threaten basic rights of LGBT people.
Free and Equal: a new global public education campaign against homophobia and transphobia

Free and Equal: a new global public education campaign against homophobia and transphobia

The UN Human Rights Office officially launches Free & Equal—an unprecedented global public education campaign to promote greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people everywhere.
What we can learn from the story of the Geneva school boy executed by drowning 450 years ago

What we can learn from the story of the Geneva school boy executed by drowning 450 years ago

In June 1566, a 15-year-old school boy, was convicted on charges of homosexuality and sentenced to death by drowning. Almost 450 years later, a commemorative plaque on the spot where the teenager was executed is being unveiled.
“The Riddle”: What exists in every corner of the world but remains illegal in more than 70 countries?

“The Riddle”: What exists in every corner of the world but remains illegal in more than 70 countries?

“The Riddle”, a video produced by the UN Human Rights Office and released to coincide with the International Day against Homophobia, draws attention to the impact of homophobia and transphobia on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.
UN taps celebrity power in fight against homophobia

UN taps celebrity power in fight against homophobia

Pop singer Ricky Martin and the “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka stand with UN chief Ban Ki-moon to call for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Born Free and Equal

Born Free and Equal

A new publication of the UN Human Rights Office sets out the source and scope of State obligations under international human rights law to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
A stain on our collective conscience

A stain on our collective conscience

UN Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon calls on members of the Human Rights Council and “all people of conscience” to act now to put an end to violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Combating homophobic violence against women

Combating homophobic violence against women

A combination of legal reforms and public education needed to combat discrimination and violence against lesbians, bisexual women and transgender persons.
Ending impunity for homophobic killings

Ending impunity for homophobic killings

UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay welcomes the findings of a court in South Africa, which has handed down long sentences to a group of men found guilty of the brutal murder of a teenager who was living openly as a lesbian.
Call for States to tackle homophobic bullying

Call for States to tackle homophobic bullying

Homophobic bullying of children and young people constitutes a serious human rights challenge that States have a legal obligation as well as moral responsibility to address.
Courage is our virtue and freedom is our goal

Courage is our virtue and freedom is our goal

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera receives the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for human rights defenders.
Human Rights defender in Mozambique finds a voice

Human Rights defender in Mozambique finds a voice

Danilo de Silva Mussagy, a human rights defender from Mozambique, says his own experience motivated him to work to end discrimination against individuals on the basis of their sex or sexual orientation.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, pledges support for decriminalization of homosexuality

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, pledges support for decriminalization of homosexuality

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, pledges to “rally support for the decriminalization of homosexuality everywhere in the world.”
Defending sexual diversity in South America

Defending sexual diversity in South America

2010 marked a milestone for gay rights in South America with Argentina becoming the first country to legislate for same sex marriage
Taking a stand against homophobia

Taking a stand against homophobia

UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay renews call for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality and action to counter homophobic violence and discrimination