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United Nations rebuffs Russia resolution, approves benefits for spouses of gay staffers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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The U.N. budget committee has approved Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally wed in a defeat for Russia and opponents of same-sex marriage. [...]

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Russia moves to stop United Nations staff benefits for married, same-sex couples

Monday, March 23, 2015
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Russia has asked a United Nations General Assembly committee to vote on its proposal to stop the world body extending staff benefits to all married same-sex couples. [...]

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UN secretary general, Austria’s Conchita Wurst call for end to LGBT bias

Monday, November 3, 2014
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Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, wave after Wurst's performance during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
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Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, wave after Wurst's performance during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
VIENNA -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst in calling for an end to bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Wurst teamed up with Ban on Monday on the sidelines of a U.N. conference to deliver their message of tolerance. [...]

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United Nations chief shows off his purple tie, socks in observance of Spirit Day

Thursday, October 16, 2014
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shows off his purple socks and tie on Thursday in observance of Spirit Day.
UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has responded to the call to "go purple" on Spirit Day to show solidarity with LGBT youths who face bullying and discrimination. The U.N. chief pointed to his purple tie at a press conference Thursday and then picked up his right trouser leg [...]

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Scotland’s marriage equality law to come into effect on New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Same-sex couples in Scotland will be able to plan New Year's Eve weddings, the date the country's marriage equality law comes into effect. Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil said gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry beginning December 31, and couples in an existing civil partnership will also [...]

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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

Friday, September 26, 2014
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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution — led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay — followed a resolution in 2011 on the same topic led by South Africa and asks [...]

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Uganda foreign minister begins term as leader of UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sam Kutesa
UNITED NATIONS -- Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. The Ugandan foreign minister said his priority will be to [...]

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World Heath Org advises taking PrEP drug to prevent HIV infection

Saturday, July 12, 2014
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The World Health Organization on Friday suggested for the first time that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection. In guidelines published Friday, the UN health agency warned that HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, [...]

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United Nations to begin recognizing staff members’ legal same-sex unions

Thursday, July 3, 2014
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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations has announced it would recognize the gay marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of homosexual employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues. [...]

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UN resolution on ‘Protection of the Family’ excludes language on diversity

Friday, June 27, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a resolution on the “Protection of the Family” that critics say could lay the groundwork for opposing LGBT rights under international law. The resolution, tabled by 13 nations including Russia, Uganda, Egypt and China, calls on the High Commissioner for Human [...]

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