Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, an opportunity for government leaders, activists and allies to speak out against intolerance and discrimination against LGBT people everywhere. The annual event marks the anniversary of the day the World Health Organization decategorized homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The United Nations human rights office released this video highlighting its commitment to LGBT around the world. ”The United Nations has one simple message to the millions of LGBT people around the world: you are not alone,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, also released a video. ”At the United Nations the United States is standing up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and fighting to ensure their voices are heard and protected,” Rice said.
“We stand with our brothers and sisters who are LGBT, no matter where they are, and with allies around the globe who agree that human rights and LGBT rights are the same,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Institute.