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Free and Equal
NOT Criminalized

UN Action

Inter-governmental level

The issue is receiving unprecedented attention at the inter-governmental level, with the UN General Assembly, the UN Human Rights Council and the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights repeatedly calling attention to the need to protect LGBTQI persons from violence and discrimination.

Spotlight: first-ever Bollywood music video for gay rights

The UN Free & Equal campaign presented this video featuring Bollywood actress and UN Equality Champion Celina Jaitly. Share if you believe everyone should be welcomed into their family's hearts, regardless of their sexual orientation.

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UN Free and Equal

In July 2013, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched UN Free & Equal – an unprecedented global UN public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI people.

Learn more about the human rights challenges facing lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people everywhere and the actions that can be taken to tackle violence and discrimination and protect the rights of LGBT people everywhere.

Calling for change

Hate and stigma affect millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. The UN Free & Equal campaign is calling for change.

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Where are we?

What can we expect more of?

This video explains the work of the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the IE SOGI.

UN Human Rights YouTube Channel