10 facts on the UN-LGBT connection

21.03.2016

1) In July 2013, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a public information "Free and Equal” campaign, which was designed to combat homophobia and transphobia, and promote greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

2) In April 2014, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Mumbai during the latest phase of the UN global Free and Equal campaign, issued a special message, which said: "Everywhere I go, I have called for the immediate repeal of all laws criminalizing consensual, adult same-sex relationships. These laws violate basic rights to privacy and to freedom from discrimination. Whether enforced or not, they actively encourage intolerant attitudes - giving homophobia a State seal of approval".

3) In September 2014 The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a landmark resolution for LGBT rights during its 27th session, the second-ever motion of its kind. The resolution, which was heavily promoted by the U.S., was sponsored by Uruguay, Colombia, Brazil and Chile. Countries from every geographic region in the world joined as supporters.

4) In September 2015, 12 UN agencies called for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children, and set out specific steps to protect these individuals.

In addition to OHCHR, the joint statement was endorsed by the following UN entities: the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

5) On September 29th, 2015, the UN organized the High Level LGBT Core Group Event "Leaving No-One Behind: Equality & Inclusion in the Post-2015 Development Agenda". It represented an attempt to promote the LGBT agenda on a global level and within member states.

6) On December 10th, 2015, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, during a public speech entitled "The Economic Cost of LGBT Exclusion”, said that “according to research commissioned by the World Bank, the drag on a country’s economic growth caused by LGBT exclusion can amount to billions of dollars in lost GDP, whereas promoting greater LGBT inclusion promises to bring real and substantial economic benefits."

7) The Secretary General’s report “One Humanity: Shared Responsibility,” asked governments to include abortion and LGBT rights in their efforts to tackle the humanitarian objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, a massive new 15-year UN development plan adopted by the General Assembly last year.

8) The UN humanitarian summit that will be held in May 2016 in Istanbul may be used by Ban Ki-moon to open up a way to obtain tacit consent for his approach to the Sustainable Development Goals in a setting where nations that resist abortion and LGBT rights will be at a disadvantage. This summit was called by Ban Ki-moon and is controlled entirely by his staff, in particular the Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) and the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat.

9) The UN is actively pushing the governments of countries with traditional family values, especially in the Third World. On December 27th, 2013, The United Nations human rights office called on the President of Uganda to refrain from signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, and urged the country to ensure the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from violence and discrimination.

“LGBT individuals in Uganda are a vulnerable and marginalized minority, already facing violence and discrimination. If signed by the President, this new law would reinforce stigma and prejudice, and institutionalize discrimination,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

10) UN bureaucrats presented in February 2016 a series of UN postage stamps that depicted homosexuality, transsexualism, and homosexual “parenting” at the UN headquarters to a great fanfare and expense in an eccentric ceremony featuring an all male 33 member strong gay chorus singing love songs and show tunes against a backdrop of naked dancers and Greek gods.

Delegations of at least 86 countries tried to prevent the release of the stamps on the eve of the event. Letters objecting to the stamps were sent to Ban Ki-moon on February 3rd and remained unanswered for two weeks.

Predictably the Secretary General, a vociferous proponent of social acceptance of homosexuality, denied any accusations of wrongdoing and overreach, and called the rollout of the stamps “in line with the mandate” of the UN Postal Administration.

...By the way. No UN treaty includes LGBT rights or protects homosexual conduct explicitly or implicitly. 76 countries in the world explicitly prohibit sodomy in their laws.