New York, NY – Today, Free & Equal, the United Nations (UN) campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, released “A History of LGBT RIghts at the UN,” a short infographic video telling the story of LGBT rights at the UN in advance of International Human Rights Day, 10 December. This year’s Human Rights Day marks the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948.
To view the film, click here: www.unfe.org/human-rights-day
The short video will be screened at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 10 December at a Human Rights Day event with speakers including tennis legend Martina Navratilova, NBA star Jason Collins, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay and human rights activists from Russia, South Africa and the USA.
“The history of human rights at the United Nations is as old as the institution itself,” said Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN. “Today we remember where we came from and redouble our efforts to create a world in which no one is discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love.”
On 10 December, 1948, The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
The video includes the instrumental version of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s hit song “Same Love,” which was generously donated by the artists who also serve as Free & Equal equality champions. The video was produced with pro bono support from UK-based creative firm NÜKO agency, part of the Remarkable Group.
The Free & Equal campaign aims to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people everywhere. The campaign was launched by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in Cape Town, South Africa on 27 July 2013 at an event featuring Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and South Africa Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron.