Thursday, February 6, 2014

UN chief denounces attacks on LGBT people

I’ve been traveling in Thailand these last few weeks, so I’ve not been keeping up with world events as I do at home. I did see this article, however, where the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against gays, in regards to the Sochi Olympics.

I was shocked and thrilled to see in Ban Ki-moon say: "We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people," he said. "We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face."

That, of course, was a direct smack down for the Russian government. But what he said next was priceless: "Hatred of any kind must have no place in the 21st century," Ban said, and I couldn’t agree more.

I’m thrilled to see the day when respected world leaders announce to the planet that discrimination—racial, religious, sexual, political, what have you—is no longer acceptable in our developing society. It is time for man to move beyond ignorant hatred. I wonder if I will live long enough to hear leaders in our GOP give that same message?

Perhaps Russia will unwittingly do more to advance gay rights than many other countries. 

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