A pedestrian crossing outside the United Nations which has been painted in the rainbow colours associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT movement is a reminder to world leaders that the fight for equality continues.
That’s according to a senior UN official.
The rainbow crosswalk is an initiative of the US, as host country and other like-minded Member States of the UN.
On Wednesday global leaders will meet at the UN to discuss progress towards LGBT equality.
Daniel Dickinson reports from the rainbow crossing
The international community of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people faces a systematic attempt to stifle their right to voice an opinion; that’s according to Charles Radcliffe from the UN human rights office (OHCHR).
His comments came after 11 civil society organisations representing LGBTI and other marginalized communities were refused permission to attend a forthcoming United Nations conference on HIV and AIDS.
The annual number of people newly infected by HIV around the world has dropped in the past 15 years, but the virus has resurfaced in the gay community.
That’s according to experts, researchers and human rights defenders belonging to an advocacy platform backed by the UN.
Meanwhile, the epidemic has expanded “uncontrolled” in bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
In June, a UN High-Level Meeting on HIV-AIDS will be held to fast-track the global HIV response in order to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Jocelyne Sambira has more.
A video of a celebrity wedding which took place in Brazil is being premiered at the UN on Friday as part of an event to highlight a decade of progress in Latin America in protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex or LGBTI people.
The video features Daniela Mercury a Brazilian singer who has sold more than 20 million albums.
Ms Mercury divorced her husband and years later married her girlfriend.