United Nations Holds Historic Meeting On LGBT Rights

Published: September 30, 2013

 The United Nations last week held its first-ever ministerial meeting on LGBT rights.

Thursday’s meeting was organized by Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.
“When I became high commissioner for human rights five years ago, there was almost no discussion at the United Nations on the human rights challenges faced by lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex people,” Pillay told foreign ministers attending the meeting. “That is no longer the case. And I want to commend you, members of the core group, for the part you are playing in bringing about a new era of openness and dialogue.”
Eleven countries signed on to a resolution stating “those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender must enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.”
At the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry also announced a $1 million contribution from The Netherlands to the Global Equality Fund, a global initiative to support gay rights first announced in 2011 by former secretary Hillary Clinton.

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