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Video: UN Secretary General launches new anti-homophobia campaign: ‘you are not alone’

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  1. Godric Godricson 14 May 2013, 5:38pm

    The resources given over to this pious ambition? This look like a hope from the UN but without funding to back it up. International Organisations have to take on Nigeria, Uganda and the Eastern European die hards before things will change at a global level.

    1. Har Davids 14 May 2013, 6:39pm

      Godric, please don’t be too cynical about this ambition. It’s an uphill-struggle we’re facing. Unlike ‘common’ diseases, homophobia is not something that can be cured by some kind of inoculation. Very often it’s religion and culture that’s the root of homophobia. Attitudes need to change, and it’s hard for people living in those parts of the world where being gay and out is a big risk. Acceptance needs time, but I agree with you that change at a global level is going to take a very long time.

  2. Colin (London) 15 May 2013, 12:57am

    Great to see this is happening. It’s the right message so lets get it out there…every school, every library, every public place in every country…a great START.

    Send links to your friends and ask them to pass on to their friends

  3. Christopher Coleman 15 May 2013, 2:56am

    A good start, but I would like to see the 76 backward countries penalised in some way.

  4. Derek Williams 17 May 2013, 6:38am

    The difficulty facing outsiders trying to change attitudes is that the governments of these countries reflect the homophobic attitudes of those who elect them, as is the case in Russia for example, where statutes outlawing homosexual freedoms are being passed with impunity.

    The ordinary citizen in these jurisdictions sincerely believes that when gays and lesbians are bashed and murdered, they are getting what they deserve, and that their attackers are doing “God’s work”.

    Religion is at the heart of practically all homophobia. Religion is the scourge of the homosexual. People have the civil right to their religious beliefs, but they do not have the authority to deny others their right to a different religious belief, or no religious belief at all. And they certainly do not have the right to deny homosexuals our civil right to love another human being of our own choosing.

    1. George Broadhead 17 May 2013, 6:02pm

      “Religion is at the heart of practically all homophobia. Religion is the scourge of the homosexual.”

      How very true, but how many LGBT people recognise this.

  5. George Broadhead 17 May 2013, 5:59pm

    Absolutely superb, but will the ultra-homophobic countries like Iran, Uganda etc.etc. take any notice?

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