"Love Beyond Borders" Kick Off Event
6:00pm ‐ 9:00pm
The Unitarian Universalist- United Nations Office and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are throwing a Charity Gala to Support the Human Rights of the Global LGBTQ Community">
December 10, Human Rights Day Hillary Clinton stated, “LGBT Rights are Human Rights”.
On December 20, President Barack Obama gave a speech stating that he wants to promote sexual orientation/gender identity Rights globally.
We welcome this initiative from the Obama Administration which has motivated us to increase our efforts to end punitive laws that oppress people due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. We call this campaign, “ Love Beyond Borders: Equality and Acceptance For All.”
The title of this campaign truly describes the characteristics of this movement promoted by a religious based organization, The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, and a secular organization, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). We have come together to work towards a common goal – Equality and Acceptance for all. The UU-UNO is the only faith-based organization with a sexual orientation/gender identity human rights advocacy program at the United Nations. We intend to ensure that our policy makers remember the millions of LGBT/SOGI voices around the world who suffer from oppression. Often this oppression is multiplied by gender, ethnic background, economic status, age, educational level, national origin or religion. We want to ensure that children around the world are no longer bullied because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Bullying and discrimination need to stop, especially against the young. Many children are bullied for being gay long before they have any sense of their own sexuality. Enough young promising lives have been lost or ruined because of bullying. Children who suffer from bullying are either driven to self-harm or drop out of school. We also aim to ensure that all individuals around the world are no longer denied access to healthcare because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
This kind of violence impacts people around the world. Violence prompted by hateful religious dogma has hit the headlines in countries like Nigeria, Uganda and Russia. We will not cede the world of faith to those who preach hate. We lead a growing coalition of progressive faith and secular voices, which promote the moral equality of all sexual orientations and gender identities. As a leading non-profit organization, we feel that people, gay or straight, need to come together to usher in a more tolerant, accepting and positive world. We want to inform people about both the progress and setbacks for global sexual orientation /gender identity human rights. We work closely with the United Nations system and its agencies, such as UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. To achieve these aims we are kick starting our LGBT program at United Nations. We will be hosting a campaign launch at UN Church Center, across the street from UN headquarters to declare to the world that we will fight and not give up.
We hope you will be part of this movement and help us steer our global society, and protect our children, our brothers, our sisters, and our future all over the world. Tickets are available for sale now.