HISTORY LESSON

School Yourself In The History Of U.N. LGBT Rights In Less Than 6 Minutes

A few months back the United Nations concluded that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights extends to include LGBT individuals and that there should be no violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But things weren’t always so queer friendly at the U.N.. In fact, though more than 30 countries have moved to end anti-LGBT laws, anti-queer criminalization still persists in over 70 countries. The U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay can tell you what’s up and all about the slow crawl from worldwide persecution to global tolerance and even acceptance.

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2 Comments

  • Skeloric

    I think it easy to say that all of the ongoing struggles in our 50 states will likely be less problematic than all the struggles the UN will have with those 70-plus nations.
    First and foremost: Most UN resolutions have no real power behind them.
    Even the ones that do any power, then have a damn hard time being enforced.
    Think the Prop-8 story of California is a horribly nasty piece of work?
    At least ONE of those 70-plus nations will likely be worse – as in “the worst stories coming out of Africa” worse.

  • Sia

    They *just* concluded *months* ago that it’s wrong to be violent towards and discriminate against gay people?

    I almost have second hand embarrassment for them.

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