Feature stories on combatting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
| |Let individuals love whom they choose
High Commissioner Zeid tells a high-level UN General Assembly gathering that where equality for LGBTI people is a difficult topic to broach, given hostile public opinion, it is even more urgent for governments to act to protect the rights of LGBTI people.
20 September 2017
| |Why we fight: campaigning for LGBT Equality
To bring attention to the fight against discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex people across the world, the United Nations Human Rights Office has commissioned “Why we Fight” a film showcasing why people choose to stand up against LGBT discrimination.
17 May 2016
| |UN chief on LGBT rights: “Leave no one behind”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on Governments to use the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals to end the marginalization and exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
9 October 2015
| |Promoting LGBTI equality in the Pacific
The UN Human Rights Office for the Pacific, along with other UN agencies, civil society organizations and diplomatic missions, launched the Free & Equal campaign to recognize sexual and gender diversity in the region and promote respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex Pacific Islanders.
11 August 2015
| |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.
23 May 2014
| |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.
6 January 2014
| |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.
13 December 2012
| |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.
14 September 2012
| |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.
7 March 2012
| |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.
8 February 2012
| |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.
14 December 2011
| |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.
5 January 2011
| |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
24 November 2010
OHCHR and the Rights of LGBTI people