United Nations launches new equality campaign

At a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa, today the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced the launch of Free & Equal, a global public relations campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

Pillay was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Justice Edwin Cameron of the South African Constitutional Court.

The campaign aims to increase awareness of homophobic attitudes, violence, and discrimination against gay and transgender people around the world. It is the follow-through on a December 2011 report from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the first ever U.N. report on violence and discrimination toward LGBT persons.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises a world in which everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights – no exceptions, no-one left behind,” said Pillay. “Yet it’s still a hollow promise for many millions of LGBT people forced to confront hatred, intolerance, violence and discrimination on a daily basis.”

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