Yesterday’s International Day Against Homophobia (May 17) brought a unique group of world leaders together–Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, U.N. High Commissioner Navi Pillay and Ricky Martin to name a few–in support of LGBT tolerance.
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) is recognized annually as a time for renewed global commitment to LGBT rights. IDAHOT falls on the anniversary of the World Health Organization removing homosexuality from the list of mental health disorders in 1990 (crazy that it was so recently, right?)
Stars, political leaders and human rights activists united Tuesday to commemorate the ninth year of IDAHOT:
+ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against the proposed law in Uganda that would make being LGBT punishable by death, and called on the entire global community to help “end discrimination and and mistreatment of LGBT persons wherever it occurs.” She went on to assert “these are not Western concepts; these are universal human rights.”
+ Lady Gaga played editor in chief for London’s Metro newspaper–dedicating a significant portion of the issue to tolerance and gay rights stories. “I’d like to posture the possibility that kindness, mobilization and pop culture can push the boundaries of love and acceptance,” she said of her guest role. “We are all different, and it is that in fact which makes us the same.”
+ U.N. High Commissioner of human rights, Navi Pillay, joined yesterday’s movement, releasing a new video that calls for all nations to actively work to end discriminatory acts against gays through their governments and legal systems.
+ Ricky Martin led a crop of popular Latin musicians using Twitter to spread messages of support for the LGBT community:
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