27th September 2013
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.
UNAIDS Official: HIV epidemic could be over by 2030 4
4:58 PM — The Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, the United Nations' HIV/AIDS agency, says the epidemic could potentially be over by 2030.
21st September 2013
Bangladesh criticised for refusing to decriminalise homosexuality despite UN recommendation 24
7:02 PM — Gay rights groups have criticised the government in Bangladesh for refusing to decriminalise gay relationships, despite recommendations by the United Nations to do so.
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.
20th August 2013
Haiti: United Nations calls on political and religious leaders to tackle homophobic violence 5
12:21 PM — The United Nations in Haiti has called on political and religious leaders to take charge in the battle against homophobic violence in the country and to encourage acceptance amid a rise in anti-gay violence.
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.
12th August 2013
Nigerian bishops: We’re against equal marriage but empathise with people who live with ‘homosexual tendencies’ 19
5:26 PM — A group of bishops in Nigeria have warned against equal marriage but say they “empathise with people who live with homosexual and gay tendencies”.
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.
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.
14th May 2013
Video: UN Secretary General launches new anti-homophobia campaign: ‘you are not alone’ 7
5:25 PM — The United Nations has released a new strong message against homophobia, and in solidarity with the LGBT community.
3rd May 2013
Ethiopia: Anti-gay group hopes death penalty will soon be introduced for homosexuality 38
5:27 PM — An anti-gay organisation has expressed hopes that the death penalty for homosexuals will soon be introduced in Ethiopia, and held a conference to discuss the "disastrous" effects of homosexuality in the country.
26th April 2013
US State Department bars Raul Castro’s daughter from visiting Philadelphia to pick up LGBT rights award 15
11:37 AM — The daughter of Cuba’s president is being prevented by the US State Department from visiting Philadelphia in order to pick up an LGBT rights award.
18th April 2013
Video: UN Secretary General says ‘LGBT rights is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time’ 17
2:34 AM — The United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-moon, has given an impassioned speech, voicing his support for LGBT rights, and condemning governments around the world which refuse to tackle discrimination against LGBT people.