9th December 2013
Video: UN highlights 76 countries where being gay is still illegal 21
6:49 PM — A video released as part of the United Nation's 'Free and Equal' campaign names the 76 countries where being gay is still illegal, and highlights shifts towards equality since 1948.
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."
20th November 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi: Stigma against HIV and anti-gay laws are costing lives in Burma
4:32 PM — Aung San Suu Kyi has called on Burma to decriminalise homosexuality, with the United Nations warning anti-gay laws are hampering efforts to fight HIV among gay men in the country
16th November 2013
Jamaican anti-discrimination organisation calls for celebration of Day for Tolerance 2
2:47 PM — One of the first organisations in Jamaica formed solely to tackle discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation, has invited all Jamaicans to celebrate the international Day for Tolerance.
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.
4th October 2013
Nigeria: Two men charged with ‘homosexual behaviour’ face up to 14 years in prison 6
6:30 PM — Two men have been arrested and charged with "homosexual behaviour" in Nigeria.
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.
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”.