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  • (AP) Scottish actor and activist Alan Cumming says he's pleased to be hosting the first LGBT gala ever held at the United Nations, but he also finds it a bit silly that it's taken so long.

  • UNITED NATIONS (AP) Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly said Monday she will not stop fighting for equal rights for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals despite years of character assassination and threats to her life and the lives of her 2-year-old twins.

  • Sam Kutesa became known to many Ugandans after he was ousted as a junior investment minister by lawmakers over charges he abused his office. Now foreign minister, he has been implicated in at least two more scandals since 1999, including allegations that he accepted bribes from foreign companies seeking oil contracts in Uganda.

  • The U.N. General Assembly has elected Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to be its next president amid controversy over his country’s anti-gay laws and allegations that he abused his office and accepted bribes from foreign companies.

  • (AP) Supporters of gay rights have won a major victory at the United Nations with the failure of a second African attempt to stop a U.N. independent expert from investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and the Heritage Foundation, two organizations known to oppose LGBT rights and women’s rights as well as the general UN human rights system will be speaking at the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). 

  • By many indications, the new United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be a strong champion for LGBT people.

  • The new United States Ambassador to the United Nations gave ambiguous responses to questions about LGBT people.

  • In his final address to the United Nations, U.S. President Barack Obama called for an end to the persecution of gay people.

  • World Wrestling Entertainment cut ties with now-disgraced wrestling legend Hulk Hogan after a sex tape from 2006 surfaced, showing the athlete using racist langue. Now, RadarOnline reports the personality also used gay slurs in the same video.

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  • U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power addressed a United Nations conference on the integration of LGBTI rights into foreign policy last week in Uruguay.

  • A new report from the United Nations is declaring a dramatic reduction in HIV/AIDS cases among children in Africa.

  • A dozen U.N. agencies have issued an unprecedented joint call for countries to end violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

  • UNITED NATIONS (AP) U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by reports of the arrest and torture of individuals in northern Nigeria believed to be homosexual and strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the country's new anti-gay law will be reviewed.

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has responded to the call to "go purple" on Spirit Day to show solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths who face bullying and discrimination.

  • Many countries at this week’s U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

  • (EDGE) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today launched an unprecedented set of global standards to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people.

  • (AP) The first-ever U.N. independent expert selected to examine violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has vowed to forge ahead with wide-ranging investigations despite formidable opposition to his appointment in a U.N. vote.

  • GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. committee on children’s rights urged Russia on Wednesday to repeal its law banning pro-gay ‘‘propaganda’’ that could be accessible to minors, arguing that the legislation encourages discrimination and even violence.

  • UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world has changed dramatically since the U.N. population conference in Cairo in 1994 but the U.N. population chief says many issues remain as contentious as they were 20 years ago, including sexual rights, abortion, sex education, lesbian and gay rights, and child marriage.

  • The United Nations announced Monday it would recognize the gay marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of homosexual employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues.

  • VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst in calling for an end to bias based on a person's sexual orientation.

    Wurst teamed up with Ban on Monday on the sidelines of a U.N. conference to deliver their message of tolerance.

  • (AP) The Human Rights Council has appointed international human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand as the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Update: A White House National Security Council spokesperson explained why the U.S. made its decision to vote against the death penalty condemnation. “The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the death penalty for homosexuality, blasphemy,adultery and apostasy,” they said. “As in years past, we voted against this resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s approach to condemning the death penalty in all circumstances.”


    The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a measure to condemn the death penalty for gay individuals. The United States was among 13 countries who voted against it.

  • (AP) The United States on Monday called on all 193 members of the United Nations to not only condemn the terrorism that resulted in the mass killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida over the weekend, but also to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from such attacks.