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UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

The power of sharing
15 May 2014: The Power of Sharing: The United Nations Free & Equal campaign presents a message on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Share your story and change hearts and minds -- we are all the foundation for this movement for equality. This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



HIGH COMMISSIONER

The "T" in LGBT should never be silent
1 May 2014: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay's message for the 5th European Transgender Council, held in Budapest 1-4 May 2014.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

The Welcome
29 April 2014: The United Nations Free & Equal campaign presents the first-ever Bollywood music video for gay rights, featuring Bollywood star and UN Equality Champion Celina Jaitly. Within eight days, “The Welcome” had become the most widely watched UN human rights video ever produced. This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

Daniela Mercury inspires us to speak up for a free and equal world
28 April 2014: Our Free & Equal Equality Champion from Brazil, the celebrated pop star Daniela Mercury, shares inspiring words on why equality and freedom should be something everyone can take for granted. The video was launched at the same time as the national campaign launch in Brazil on 28 April 2014. The video is in Portuguese (subtitles available). This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

UN leaders, sport stars and activists join forces for equality
17 December 2013: Star gay and lesbian athletes and activists for LGBT and intersex rights came together to join forces for equality at an event called "Sport Comes Out Against Homophobia" on 10 December 2013 at the UN Headquarters in New York. They share moving stories of their experiences and how they hold out hope that the world can change. Speakers include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, tennis star Martina Navratilova, NBA player Jason Collins, South African activist Thandeka Mkhuma, U.S. intersex activist Hida Viloria, and Russian activist Anastasia Smirnova. This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

A history of LGBT rights at the UN
10 December 2013: This Human Rights Day marks the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. Watch this short infographic video to see how it all came to be and what has happened in LGBT rights since. This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



SECRETARY-GENERAL

Ban Ki-moon’s call for solidarity on human rights day
9 December 2013: On Human Rights Day 2013, Ban Ki-moon shared this message with all participants of the event "Sport Comes Out against Homophobia", held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10 December 2013. This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

This South African mother's story will break your heart
25 November 2013: Listen to a South African mother tell the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in her community, including her lesbian daughter. This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

Desmond Tutu calls for a world that is Free & Equal
9 October 2013: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calls for an end to punishing people because of who they are or whom they love, saying "I oppose such injustice with the same passion that I opposed apartheid." This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

Watch world leaders come together - to make LGBT history
30 September 2013: On 26 September 2013, leaders from the UN's core group of countries working to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people met in New York for the first-ever ministerial meeting at the UN on LGBT rights and issued an historic Ministerial Declaration on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The declaration was endorsed by the U.S. Secretary of State, the foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Norway, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

United Nations Free & Equal campaign global launch
17 September 2013: UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and South Africa's Justice Edwin Cameron speak out for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. With footage from the launch of Free & Equal, the UN campaign for LGBT equality, these leaders make the case for a world that is free and equal.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

This Brazilian mother's story will give you hope
25 July 2013: Meet Edith Modesto, Brazilian mother. This beautiful story of acceptance shows what it means to be a family. This video is is in Portuguese (subtitles available). This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.



UN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE

The Riddle
14 May 2013: Anti-homophobia message from the UN human rights office. This video is part of the UN Free & Equal campaign.


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HIGH COMMISSIONER

Pillay: Respond systematically to homophobic violence and discrimination
18 April 2013: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay calls for a systematic response to homophobic violence and discrimination. This message was screened during the International Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Oslo, 15-16 April 2013).


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SECRETARY-GENERAL

Ban Ki-moon: Struggle for LGBT rights one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time
15 April 2013: Video Message by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the International Conference on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Oslo, 15-16 April 2013).


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Gay rights debate unfolds at the UN
22 March 2013: Charles Radcliffe of the UN human rights office discusses recent developments and examines some of the arguments commonly raised by those opposed to full legal equality for LGBT people.


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South Africa: From Victim to Victor
19 December 2012: In South Africa, one group of women, lesbians, are especially at risk. They're the target of a particularly heinous crime, "curative" or "corrective" rape, which perpetrators believe will change their sexual orientation. Now survivors like Oyama Mbopa are finding the courage to confront sexual violence and discrimination.



SECRETARY-GENERAL

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are entitled to the same rights as everyone else
11 December 2012: Secretary-General message on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.



HIGH COMMISSIONER

Pillay on homophobia: Punish violence and hatred, not love!
7 May 2012: The two-minute video features High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay talking about the human cost of homophobia and transphobia and the struggle for equal rights. Calling for the repeal of discriminatory laws and banning of discriminatory practices, the High Commissioner calls on States to "punish violence and hatred, not love." Recorded in English, the video is available with closed captioning in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


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SECRETARY-GENERAL

Ban Ki-moon tells LGBT people "you are not alone"
7 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses first ever UN debate on rights violations against LGBT people, Human Rights Council, Geneva.



HIGH COMMISSIONER

Ever wonder how the LGBT rights debate started at the UN?
27 July 2011: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay looks back at the evolution of the gay rights debate at the United Nations. International law requires States to eliminate discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, and to protect everyone from violent hate crimes. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is just that, the High Commissioner says: it is universal and applies to us all -- whoever we are, whatever we look like, whoever we share our lives with.


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HIGH COMMISSIONER

High Commissioner on homophobia
4 May 2011: The video features the High Commissioner talking about violent attacks against LGBT people in the United States, Brazil, Honduras and South Africa, stressing that such incidents are not isolated but part of a global problem.


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DESMOND TUTU

Desmond Tutu appeals for leaders to stand up to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons
27 October 2010: Archbishop Desmond Tutu message on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.