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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 to show off his matching purple sock.

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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

Friday, September 26, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
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 the UN Office of the High...

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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 ensure agreement on new U.N. goals to fight poverty and...

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World Heath Org advises taking PrEP drug to prevent HIV infection

Saturday, July 12, 2014
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, resulting in "exploding epidemics," according to...

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

Thursday, July 3, 2014
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 Rights to prepare...

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UN official: Gay soccer players at the World Cup should declare sexuality

Monday, June 16, 2014
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Gay soccer players at the World Cup in Brazil should declare their sexual orientation to help make gays and lesbians accepted around the world, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Monday.

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Controversial Ugandan foreign minister to be next UN assembly head

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Sam Kutesa
UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. General Assembly has elected Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to be its next president amid controversy over his country's anti-gay laws and allegations that he abused his office and accepted bribes from foreign companies. The largely ceremonial year-long presidency, which begins in September, rotates by region.

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Controversial Ugandan official may get United Nations post

Monday, June 9, 2014
Sam Kutesa
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Sam Kutesa became known to many Ugandans after he was ousted as a junior investment minister by lawmakers over charges he abused his office. Now foreign minister, he has been implicated in at least two more scandals since 1999, including allegations that he accepted bribes from foreign companies seeking oil contracts in Uganda.

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United Nations goes ‘Bollywood’ in latest effort to promote LGBT rights

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
United Nations
MUMBAI -- The United Nations human rights office on Wednesday launched the latest phase of its global fight against homophobia: a Bollywood-style video called "The Welcome," accompanied by an appeal from the U.N. Secretary-General to end the prejudice that forces millions of LGBT people to live in fear or hide in shame.

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