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

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shows off his purple socks and tie on Thursday in observance of Spirit Day. BBC

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shows off his purple socks and tie on Thursday in observance of Spirit Day.BBC

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (right) 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.

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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.

Ban said he almost always wears U.N. blue, but wore an orange tie last year to show support for the U.N.’s campaign to end violence against women.

The secretary-general said “the United Nations will continue to speak out against homophobia — and speak up for the human rights of all LGBT people.”

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