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Trans activism saves lives

For trans people in Brazil, discrimination, violence and murder is an all too common part of life. In this video, we meet Tathiane, Taya, Ludymilla, Melissa, Ana Carolina, Christopher and Saulo – activists who are standing up for the human rights of their communities and friends, and inspiring allies to do the same.

Be There

Being an ally is about more than silent acceptance. It’s about being there for your lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbours.It’s about striving to understand their experiences, and helping them to understand yours. It’s about supporting one another in times of need. It’s about setting a positive example for others. And most importantly, it’s about creating a more inclusive and loving society where everyone is valued, no matter who they are or whom they love.

Being a trans ally is easier than you think!

Being a trans ally is easier than you think! A little empathy and bravery can make a big difference.

Tatiane

Tatiane de Campobello, a trans women and health worker, talks about how she turned her life around – with help from the trans support center Casa Florescer in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

IT’S TIME

The UN is calling for equal rights and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people worldwide.

Global Business Standards

Violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people cannot be ended by governments alone. Businesses can foster diversity and promote a culture of respect and equality both in the workplace and in the communities where they and their business partners operate.The United Nations is calling on companies all over the world – big and small, local and multinational – to help to help move the dial in the direction of greater equality for LGBTI people.

MEET THE BRAZILIAN DIVER WHO CAME OUT TO FIGHT HOMOPHOBIA

As one of Brazil’s most successful divers, Ian Matos will be representing Brazil at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. In 2014, Ian decided to speak publicly about being gay. In this video, he speaks to UN Free & Equal about the political impact that everyone can have simply by coming out.

CULTURE OF LOVE

Culture and tradition are profound parts of our lives. They allow us to come together to mark life’s milestones, and celebrate our heritage and the people we love. For many, they provide a sense of home, of history and identity.

END BULLYING

Every day, lesbian, gay, bi, trans (LGBT) and intersex kids – and other children seen as defying gender stereotypes – are bullied at school, at home and in their community. Bullying can take many forms–from taunting and name-calling to brutal violence.

INTERSEX AWARENESS

Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that don’t fit typical definitions of male and female.In many countries, intersex children are subjected to repeated surgery and treatment to try to change their sex characteristics and appearance, causing terrible physical, psychological and emotional pain – and violating their rights.

WHY WE FIGHT

The global movement for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality encompasses millions of individuals, groups, organizations and campaigns all of whom are fighting for change in their own countries and communities.

THE HISTORY OF THE RIGHT TO LOVE (IF YOU’RE GAY)

This interactive map shows how different countries have criminalized, decriminalized (and in a few cases recriminalized), being gay throughout modern history. Starting in 1799, the map tells a poignant tale of how colonization spread homophobic legislation to many parts of the world. Use the slide at the bottom to speed through history and watch as successive waves of change affect country after country.

“I SEE THAT BETTER DAYS ARE COMING”

Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people cannot fight on their own. They need the support of their families, relatives, co-workers and friends. Iana Mallmann is a fierce lesbian activist living in Brasília, Brazil. Here, she shares with us her story of coming out, finding acceptance and discovering activism. “I will always be proud of who I am”, she says. “This is why I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I see that better days are coming. I truly think, feel and believe that we will go far."

REBECCA’S FIGHT

Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are particularly vulnerable to exclusion and hate crimes because they also face discrimination due to their age, gender, ethnicity, disability or other factors. In this video, Rebecca Religare, a LGBTI activist from the Brazilian LGBTI organization Corpolítica, talks about how she fights the intersecting forms of discrimination she faces – as a woman, a person of color and a lesbian.

I AM TRANS; I HAVE RIGHTS

The exhibition "I have rights" was first displayed in a public park in Lima in December 2015. It was organised by the UN country team in Peru, including UNAIDS, UNIC Lima, UNDP and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in cooperation with the photographer Danielle Villasana and local civil society organizations and academic institutions.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Love is love; it belongs to everyone - no matter who they are or whom they love.

NO FREEDOM ‘TIL WE’RE EQUAL, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS SUPPORT IT!

U.S.-born rapper Macklemore and music producer Ryan Lewis are the latest artists to pledge their support for Free & Equal by helping to spread campaign messages and materials via social media. They join pop star Ricky Martin, South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly, and Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury.

BAN KI-MOON: DISCRIMINATION CAN NEVER BE JUSTIFIED

“My promise to the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender members of the human family is this: I’m with you. I promise that as Secretary-General of the United Nations I will denounce attacks against you and I will keep pressing leaders for progress.”

VICKY BEECHING CALLS RELIGION BACK TO ITS ROOTS OF LOVE

Vicky Beeching is a former Christian music star and a popular religious commentator and media personality. She has emerged as a leading voice for Christian acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 2014, she came out in an interview with a national UK newspaper."No one should have to choose between their religious faith and their gay, lesbian or bisexual orientation. We are all God's children, created to love and be loved..."

BAN KI-MOON CALLS HER THE QUEEN OF EQUALITY

“Princess of Africa” and South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka knows we are all equal.Photo credit: Platon.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE KNOWS BEING DIFFERENT ISN’T A BAD THING

Musician Melissa Etheridge shares her thoughts on building a Free & Equal world in the latest in our series of activists and celebrities speaking up for equality.

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA SPEAKS ABOUT HER LONG FIGHT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS

Tennis legend Matina Navratilova speaks out in the latest in our series of activists and celebrities speaking out for a Free and Equal world from the United Nations.

JASON COLLINS WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, wants a freer and more equal world. The latest in the United Nations’ series of public service announcements by LGBT activists and celebrities, Collins talks about how “ridiculous” it is that people are discriminated against for their sexual orientation and gender identity.

INDIAN ACTOR IMRAN KHAN KNOWS WE WILL MOVE PAST HOMOPHOBIA

Indian actor Imran Khan speaks about how he believes the gay rights movement is the movement of our generation in the latest in our series of public service announcements.

SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY ARE NOTHING NEW

For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we worked with the IDAHOT Committee and the Burkle Center at UCLA to bring you this information on LGBT people through history.

DANIELA MERCURY INSPIRES US TO SPEAK UP FOR A FREE AND EQUAL WORLD

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 campaign launch in Brazil on 28 April 2014.

FUN. SUPPORTS FREE & EQUAL

fun., comprised of Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff, and Andrew Dost, earned two Grammy wins for their 2012 album Some Nights, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for the 5x-RIAA platinum “We Are Young.” Bolstered by the massive global success of “We Are Young,” as well as the 4x platinum title track, “Some Nights,” and 2x platinum song “Carry On,” Some Nights debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified platinum. The band, known for its captivating live shows, continues to perform to sold-out crowds around the world. In 2012, fun. partnered with designer Rachel Antonoff to create The Ally Coalition. The Ally Coalition raises awareness about LGBTQ equality and provides resources for people to take action.

WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THE COLONIAL ERA?

Anti- #LGBT laws were spread through colonization, but LGBT people have existed forever! While colonies have been dismantled, these laws live on. It’s time to change that.

THIS BOLLYWOOD STAR KNOWS EQUALITY IS FOR ALL

Protecting the rights of LGBT people is never a step backwards. Check out Free & Equal equality champion Celina Jaitly's quote - and share!

THE HISTORY OF LGBT RIGHTS AT THE UN

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.

LOVE, EXPLAINED BY NELSON MANDELA

Nelson Mandela led the fight for equality in multiple battles, and his message that love is stronger than hate lives on.

THIS SOUTH AFRICAN MOM’S STORY WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

Listen to a South African mother tell the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in her community, including her lesbian daughter, and the fight to live Free & Equal.

WITH LOVE, FROM DESMOND TUTU

In this video released by the Free & Equal campaign, 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." Free & Equal is the United Nations campaign for LGBT equality.

HOW DO WE END “21ST CENTURY HATE”?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks on LGBT rights.

A REMINDER FROM A NOBEL LAUREATE

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu knows all too well about struggles for equality. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate calls for fair treatment for all.

IF THIS WERE YOU, WOULD YOU GET TESTED?

These discriminatory laws are hurting health everywhere. Share the graphic!

WOULD YOU RATHER SEE TWO MEN HOLDING GUNS – OR HOLDING HANDS?

An important question from novelist Ernest Gaines.

HERE’S WHY RICKY MARTIN IS AN EQUALITY CHAMPION.

Ricky Martin is an internationally renowned singer, actor, writer and United Nations Equality Champion.

HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERS SPEAK OUT FOR LGBT EQUALITY

Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he "won't worship a homophobic god," UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says "everyone is born free and equal… no exceptions, no one left behind," and Justice Edwin Cameron says "the biggest foes of gay and lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and intersex equality have been invisibility and silence." Watch their strong statements at Free & Equal's launch in Capetown, South Africa.

COULD YOU MAKE THIS CHOICE?

There’s a good chance you don’t have to choose between being a parent and being yourself. Imagine if you did.

DOES THIS LOOK LIKE ‘FAMILY VALUES’?

In at least 76 countries, discriminatory laws criminalize private, consensual same-sex relationships, exposing millions of individuals to the risk of arrest, prosecution and imprisonment – and even, in at least five countries, the death penalty. Criminalization of consensual same-sex conduct violates rights to privacy and to freedom from discrimination, both protected under international law, and places States in material breach of their obligation to protect the human rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

THIS MOTHER’S STORY WILL GIVE YOU HOPE

This beautiful story shows what it means to be a family. Together, we will create a world that is Free and Equal.

BAN KI-MOON HAS SOMETHING TO SAY

In a historic address to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decries violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and tells LGBT people "you are not alone."

MEET AVELINO: THE INSPIRING DAD FIGHTING BACK AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA

Homophobia and transphobia don’t affect only lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. Avelino Mendes is a straight man and a loving father who lost his eldest son, Lucas, to homophobic violence in 2012. In this moving video, he talks about how his loss inspired him to take up activism.

THE HEINOUS HATE CRIME THAT CHANGED THIS WOMAN’S LIFE

Oyama Mbopa is a survivor of "curative" of "corrective" rape, a brutal and heinous crime that perpetrators believe will change their victim's sexual orientation. Watch here as Mbopa bravely shares her story, and learn more about how South Africa works to confront sexual violence and discrimination.

SPEAKING OUT IS AN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHT

A NECESSARY FIRST STEP TOWARDS LGBT EQUALITY

Love is not a crime.

YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT’S ILLEGAL IN MORE THAN 70 COUNTRIES

Relationships that are consensual and loving are still a crime all around the globe. Share if you believe in a world that is free and equal.

DOES THE NAME “NICHOLAS TOONEN” RING A BELL? IT SHOULD.

On March 31st, 1994, the United Nations was doing something extraordinary. Take a look.

THIS IS HOW MUCH DISCRIMINATION REALLY HURTS

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