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United Nations

International

John Kerry Asked To Refuse A Visa To Anti-Gay U.N. President-Elect, Sam Kutesa, From Uganda

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:07 PM June 3, 2014
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Secretary of State John Kerry is being asked to refuse a visa to Ugandan’s anti-gay foreign minister Sam Kutesa, who has been elected president of the U.N. General Assembly.

Casey Michel

UN Issues Damning Report Against The Vatican

by Casey Michel ● 5:08 PM February 7, 2014
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On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a damning report detailing the Vatican’s continued opposition to addressing decades of sex abuse against minors by members of the Roman Catholic Church.

International

Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Urges Uganda’s President to Refrain from Signing Anti-Gay Bill

by Tanya Domi ● 2:00 PM December 27, 2013
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The UN High Commissioner’s Office in Geneva issued a statement today urging President Moweri Museveni to not sign the parliament’s recently passed anti-gay bill

Human Rights

United Nations LGBT Meeting Issues ‘In Your Face Russia’ Declaration

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:55 PM September 27, 2013
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The United Nations held its highest level meeting ever to discuss LGBT violence and discrimination yesterday, and agreed to issue a joint declaration Russia may find insulting.

Actions

Neocon John Bolton Comes Out In Favor Of Marriage Equality

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:22 AM August 23, 2013
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John Bolton, poster boy for conservative curmudgeons, told the National Review, “On gay marriage, I support it, at both the state level and the federal level.”

Civil Rights

Ricky Martin, At The UN, Says Coming Out Was ‘Incredible. I Wish I Could Do It Again’

by David Badash ● 8:59 PM December 11, 2012
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Ricky Martin today spoke at the United Nations’ on “Leadership in the Fight Against Homophobia,” a panel discussion with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

International

UN: ‘A Romney Administration Would Significantly Increase The Threat Levels To Americans’

by David Badash ● 12:44 PM October 22, 2012
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A United Nations special investigator says the “re-introduction of torture under a Romney administration would significantly increase the threat levels to (Americans) at home and abroad.”

Civil Rights

Infographic — I Am Gay: 5 Things I Fear

by David Badash ● 11:33 AM August 10, 2012
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The United Nations UNAIDS has released this excellent and heartbreaking infographic that details what LGBTQ people around the world are dealing with.

Civil Rights

San Francisco To Lower Flags For IDAHO

by Clinton Fein ● 2:47 PM May 16, 2012
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This Thursday, May 17, San Francisco will honor the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with an official recognition of the day by the city.

International

Gay Rights Are Human Rights: Advancing LGBT Protections At The UN

by Guest Author ● 12:56 PM March 29, 2012
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At the United Nations Human Rights Council March 2012 meeting in Geneva, an expert panel was convened to discuss the first-ever UN report focused on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Civil Rights

LBT Women: OUT At The UN Commission On The Status Of Women

by Guest Author ● 8:00 AM March 6, 2012
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The 56th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women started this week focusing on empowering rural women.

Analysis

Syria: Kofi Annan Appointed Special Envoy, UN Report Alleges “Crimes Against Humanity”

by Tanya Domi ● 10:18 AM February 24, 2012
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Former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan appointed Special Envoy to Syria to stop the wholesale carnage and the killing of civilians.

Analysis

The New Civil Rights Movement’s Top 10 International LGBT Stories of 2011

by Tanya Domi ● 12:47 PM December 30, 2011
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2011 began with the murder of Ugandan David Kato, saw gay pride parades violently disrupted, but also offered promising news from Clinton, Obama, the UN, and the UK.

Analysis

U.N. Report: Being Gay Illegal In 76 Countries, Anti-LGBT Violence Widespread

by Tanya Domi ● 5:14 PM December 16, 2011
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The first formal United Nations report on LGBT human rights finds LGBT persons face criminal punishment in 76 countries & risk capital punishment in five countries.