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“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” So says Article…

BI VISIBILITY

Bisexual people, often referred to as ‘bi’, are emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to people…

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.

THE RIDDLE

In more than 70 countries it’s illegal to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. In some it can be punished by death. The UN is here to make it clear that LGBT rights are human rights. Together, we can build a world that is free and equal.

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.

THE PRICE OF EXCLUSION

Do you know how much discrimination really costs? Rates of poverty, homelessness, depression and suicide have been found to be far higher among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people than in the general population.

“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.

CELEBRATE LOVE

Free & Equal Brazil’s new campaign video is a celebration of love. The video features music from her upcoming album and never-before-seen footage from Daniela and Malu’s beautiful wedding.

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.

FOR A FREE & EQUAL CAPE VERDE

Cape Verdean musician and human rights champion Mayra Andrade calls on her compatriots to celebrate love and respect one another. In this first video created for the Free & Equal campaign in Cape Verde, the singer says that happiness depends upon the freedom to be ourselves without fear of discrimination.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Make a positive impact on the lives of LGBT people, spread the word.

A MESSAGE TO ALL COUNTRIES, FROM THE UNITED NATIONS

No country discriminating against its people based on sexual orientation or gender identity gets a pass. Spread the message now.

NEED HELP? THE UN HAS YOUR BACK.

If you have been detained or arrested because of your LGBT identity, get in touch.

BELIEVE IN EQUALITY? THIS QUOTE SAYS IT ALL.

Plain truth from the United Nations.

SEXUALITY AND GENDER ARE NOT BLACK AND WHITE

The ABC of LGBT - and I.

WHO SAYS WE’RE “FREE AND EQUAL”?

THE DEATH PENALTY FOR BEING GAY?

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION?

THIS IS WHAT GOOGLE SUGGESTS WHEN YOU TYPE GAYS

If this is what we're searching, how does the world see gay people? We were so moved by the UN Women's powerful new ad campaign that we made our own. Thanks to the UN Women team and Queerty for the inspiration!

EVER WONDER HOW THE LGBT RIGHTS DEBATE STARTED AT THE UN?

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay looks back at the evolution of the gay rights debate at the United Nations. The High Commissioner makes it clear that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is truly universal and applies to us all - whoever we are, whatever we look like, whoever we share our lives with.

THE POWER OF SHARING

This International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the United Nations encourages you to share your story. Every story, no matter how small it may seem, can change hearts and minds for the better. We are all the foundation for this movement for equality.

BAN KI-MOON’S CALL TO WORLD LEADERS AT THE UN

On 25 September 2014, foreign ministers and other high-level representatives of UN Member States met at the United Nations to discuss next steps in the fight to end homophobia and transphobia.

WATCH WORLD LEADERS COME TOGETHER – TO MAKE LGBT HISTORY

On 26 September 2013, leaders from the UN's core group of countries working to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people met in New York for the first-ever ministerial meeting at the UN on LGBT rights.
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