As a follow up to our story on March 8th reporting on the UN walkout by the 57 nation strong Organization of Islamic Cooperation -OIC- obviously pronounced ‘ICK!’, The LGBT website, ALL OUT. Equality Everywhere has posted a really fun re-mix of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Watch it here:
The truth is, not very many people saw this wonderful speech and main stream media all but ignored it. As ALL OUT says: “It’s not every day that a major world figure speaks out forcefully in defense of equality.”
Without losing sight of major advances made towards legal and social equality in recent years, Ban Ki-moon’s speech reminds us that in many places around the world LGBT people are still demonized, criminalized, attacked and even killed for who they are. Seventy-six countries still criminalize being gay, and 10 countries make being gay punishable by death or life imprisonment.
To fight back against that kind of hate, ALL OUT is building a historic alliance of millions of people, straight, gay, lesbian, bi trans, between and beyond, to push for a world where every person can live freely and be embraced for who they are. Take a moment to watch Ban Ki-moon’s inspiring speech, and ask the people you know to join the movement: