‘Free & Equal’ campaign launched to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights
OHCHR launched its first global public education campaign to raise awareness and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. ‘Free & Equal,’ is a year-long effort by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and partners launched 26 July in Cape Town, South Africa, focusing on the need for legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia. More than 76 countries criminalize consensual same-sex relationships, according to a 2011 OHCHR report on violence and discrimination against LGBT people. Penalties range from jail sentences to execution.

More information: https://www.unfe.org/en

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