A movement is afoot...
We are witnessing a long overdue evolution of acceptance, a time where society has finally begun to embrace the differences among us and accept individuality.
In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council issueed its first ever report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, detailing how around the world people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination in jobs, health care and education because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. On 26 September 2014 (about time!), 25 countries have united to condemn homophobic and transphobic violence.
In a world where even the Pope is urging the catholic church not to dismiss gay marriage, we are at a pivotal point in the history of humanity. Here's hoping the LGBT movement will soon join the ranks of anti-apartheid and feminism in the way it seeks to transform the dominant narrative.
The resolution expresses grave concern “at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” It also welcomes “positive developments at the international, regional and national levels in the fight against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity” The resolution, proposed in early September, passed with support from 25 countries (Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, Romania, South Africa, FYR Macedonia, the UK, the US, Venezuela and Vietnam). 14 countries voted against the motion (Algeria, Botswana, Cote D’ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and UAE), while 7 countries including China and India abstained.