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UN Free and Equal Campaign

Selfies for LGBT Equality UN-Style (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

Inspiring New UN Video Reveals Seismic Shifts in Global LGBT Rights Debate

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Certainly the debate at the United Nations on the rights of LGBT people remains fractious, exposing sharp divisions of opinion among countries and strong opposition from some quarters. But stand back a couple of paces and the longer-term trends appear far more positive.

On International Human Rights Day, Let's Renew Our Commitment to LGBT Rights

Jennifer Norris | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Jennifer Norris

Although many countries celebrated the legalization of gay marriage this year, in many corners of the world, LGBT persons are condemned to a life of silence and secrecy. They are treated as pariahs and are subjected to violence and discrimination.

Do We Care About Trans Rights?

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Universal human rights are not available à la carte: No one gets to pick and choose who deserves rights and who doesn't. Either everyone has them or they cannot be considered universal. For far too many trans people, the struggle for basic rights has become a matter of life and death.

Transgender Google Auto-Complete Photo Essay

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This weekend I did the Google auto-complete experiment using the words "transgender" and "transsexual," and the results were awful, depressing, and horrifying. Afterwards I teamed up with a trans male friend (who does a lot of artwork I admire) to put these results to pictures.

UN Campaign Reveals Shocking, Depressing Gay Google Auto-Complete Function (PHOTOS)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 12.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

Type the words "women should" and you'll discover that the most common ways to complete the phrase are "stay at home," "be slaves" and "be in the kitchen." Now what happens when you repeat the Google search substituting "gays" for "women"?

The Fast-Changing World Map of LGBT Rights: A Talk With the UN's Charles Radcliffe

Nish Gera | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Nish Gera

Charles talks about the big strides that countries around the world have made on this issue in the last decade, the present-day LGBT rights map of the world, which still looks like a "patchwork quilt," and where he thinks we will (and can) be a decade from now.

UN Launches Unprecedented Global Campaign for LGBT Equality

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

With the Free & Equal campaign, the UN hopes to accelerate a change in attitudes toward LGBT people by provoking -- and helping to inform -- millions of conversations around the world, to dispel common misconceptions and negative stereotypes.