March 21, 2012. It’s not every day that a major world figure speaks out forcefully in defense of equality. But earlier this month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon did just that when he made an incredibly powerful speech at the U.N. in Geneva. But most people didn’t even hear about it.
The Secretary General’s speech reminds us that in many places around the world LGBT people are still demonized, criminalized, attacked and even killed for who they are. Seventy-six countries still criminalize being gay, and 10 countries make being gay punishable by death or life imprisonment.
But as Ban Ki-moon says, a historic shift is underway. And together we can push that change further, faster.