UN Human Rights Council resolution affirming equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity

The UN Human Rights Council passed a historic resolution affirming equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a really big deal — it’s the first time that an official UN resolution has focused exclusively on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution also commissions an official UN study on how LGBT people around the world are impacted by discriminatory laws and violence.

This victory was a long time in the making. Advocates and activists in South Africa worked closely with the South African government to introduce this resolution. A coalition of civil society advocates, including our friends at ARC International, pushed until the last minute for this unprecedented vote.

From social networks to the streets, from court houses to the corridors of the United Nations, LGBT people around the world are fighting, and winning, the simple right to live and love freely. This global movement for LGBT equality is gathering speed.

(from AllOut.org)

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U.N. Gay Rights Protection Resolution Passes, Hailed As ‘Historic Moment’
www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/17/un-gay-rights-protection-resolution-passes-_n_879032.html

Historic decision at the UN
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La ONU pide tolerancia cero ante la discriminación homosexual
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L’ONU adopte une résolution “historique” sur les droits des homosexuels
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