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BEHIND THE SCENES OF “THE WELCOME”

Watch magic happen behind the scenes of the filming of The Welcome and learn more about Bollywood star Celina Jaitly’s feelings about gay rights in India and the importance of family acceptance.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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