Want to brush up on United Nations history as it relates to LGBT rights in under three minutes? Then “A History of LGBT Rights at the UN” is for you.
Created by the United Nations Human Rights Office, the video is a promotion of Free & Equal, an initiative of the United Nations Human Rights Office.
The video, narrated by a man with a light British accent, opens by telling viewers that on December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
“Yet,” the narrator continues, “fast-forward to 2011 and the UN Human Rights Council expresses ‘grave concern’ at acts of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The 193 countries that make up the United Nations are extremely diverse, to say the least, but as the video explains, “The tide is turning.” Since 1990, many countries have not only banned discrimination against the LGBT community, but enacted same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships.
The United Nations took until 2009 to make LGBT rights a priority, but it’s had multiple “firsts” since then—the first resolution, the first official UN report, the first formal intergovernmental debate at the UN Human Rights Council—and in 2013, the first global campaign regarding LGBT rights.
In partnership with the Purpose Foundation, Free & Equal is set to raise awareness of discrimination and violence motivated by homophobia and transphobia, and promote respect for the community around the world.
The video explains, “The struggle for LGBT equality will only be won if we join together, if we speak out, if we stand in the defense of the rights of others.
“The time to do this is now. Together, we can stop violence and discrimination against LGBT people. Together, we can build a world that is ‘Free & Equal.’”