26th November 2013
United Nations announces Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as its ‘equality champions’ 7
6:42 PM — The United Nations announced today that hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be joining its Free & Equal campaign as "equality champions."
7th November 2013
United Nations calls for international truce during Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 10
2:19 PM — The General Assembly of the United Nations has called for an international truce during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
25th October 2013
UN campaign highlights homophobic search results on Google 13
12:26 PM — A new campaign by the United Nations for LGBT equality reveals widespread homophobia when typing the word ‘gays’ into Google.
14th October 2013
UN tells China: Don’t ban HIV positive people from accessing saunas and bathhouses 2
12:42 PM — The United Nations’ HIV agency has urged China to drop proposals banning people who are HIV positive from accessing spas and public bathhouses.
3rd October 2013
Gambia leaves the Commonwealth, days after President told UN that gays want to end human existence 43
9:09 AM — The President of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has said that his country will leave the Commonwealth just days after he told the United Nations General Assembly that gays and those who promote homosexuality want to end human existence.
30th September 2013
UN releases LGBT rights video featuring John Kerry and other foreign ministers 5
6:52 PM — A video featuring high-ranking foreign officials from 11 countries - who last week called on UN member states to repeal laws that discriminate against LGBT people - has been released.
27th September 2013
Gambian President: ‘Homosexuality more deadly than all natural disasters put together’ 63
5:49 PM — Gambia's President has used his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gay people, calling homosexuality one of the three "biggest threats to human existence".
UN holds top level meeting on the need to protect LGBT rights 7
11:13 AM — A group of 11 countries have called on UN member states to repeal laws that discriminate against LGBT people.
24th September 2013
Cameroon: Ambassador to the UN denies gay rights activist was murdered because of his sexuality 4
2:54 PM — The Cameroonian ambassador to the UN has denied claims that prominent gay rights and HIV campaigner Eric Ohena Lembembe was murdered because of his sexuality and activism.
23rd September 2013
Cameroon rejects UN Human Rights Council’s gay rights recommendations 6
6:39 PM — Cameroon has rejected the United Nations Human Rights Council's recommendation that it decriminalise homosexuality.
25th August 2013
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
14th August 2013
US radio host: LGBT rights initiatives lead to the ‘oppression’ of people of faith, and parents 47
5:14 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey has claimed that an initiative by the United Nations to raise awareness of LGBT issues such as discrimination, and to promote respect, actually "oppresses" parents.
9th August 2013
UN Russian Ambassador says anti-gay law will remain in effect during Winter Olympics 5
4:55 PM — The Russian Ambassador the the United Nations Vitaly Churkin, has addressed gay rights campaigners to say that recently introduced anti-gay laws will remain in effect during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
27th July 2013
Archbishop Desmond Tutu: I would rather go to Hell than worship a homophobic God 94
12:30 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, famous for his role in ending Apartheid, has said that he would rather go to Hell if he discovered that God was homophobic.
26th July 2013
Archbishop Tutu: South Africa must reject homophobic discrimination 15
2:36 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called on South Africa to reject homophobic discrimination as part of a new LGBT United Nations campaign.
18th July 2013
UN officials condemn killing of LGBT and HIV campaigner in Cameroon
4:42 PM — The killing of an LGBT rights campaigner in Cameroon has been condemned by the UN’s main HIV/AIDS agency.
4th July 2013
UN warns failure of Asian government to abolish anti-gay laws is undermining fight against HIV 2
6:20 PM — UN-AIDS Steven Kraus director has urged governments in Asia to eliminate anti-gay laws that hinder the battle against HIV.
1st July 2013
UN condemns Nigeria’s Parliament for passing anti-gay law 11
1:37 PM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned Nigeria’s Parliament for passing a law that further criminalises homosexuality.
17th May 2013
Ban Ki-Moon: LGBT equality is critical to the UN’s mission
2:00 PM — An International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia address by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, sets out LGBT rights as critical for building "a world of true freedom and equality for all".
16th May 2013
Fiji: LGBT rights campaigners say discrimination remains a major issue 1
12:52 AM — Whilst holding week-long events to raise awareness, Fiji campaigners for LGBT rights have said that, despite some slow progress, there is still a long way to go, and that discrimination against LGBT people remains a problem.