On anti-homophobia day, UN calls for repeal of discriminatory laws

Marking International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, senior United Nations officials today drew attention to laws around the world which discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and called for equality and the repeal of such laws.

Top UN officials urge countries to tackle violence based on sexual orientation

Top United Nations officials today urged Member States to tackle violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, adding that countries cannot continue to overlook such grave violations of human rights.

After gay rights event, Annan calls for tolerance, laments bias 'on any grounds'

While deploring any kind of prejudice and discrimination and speaking out for people's right to make their own choices, Secretary-General Kofi Annan feels the United Nations should not involve itself in the dispute over the issues of same sex marriage, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said today.

Panel discussion at UN to focus on gay rights

Gay rights will be the focus this evening of a panel discussion organized by the United Nations alliance of gay, lesbian or bisexual employees, with UN officials decrying discrimination based on sexual orientation and stressing the importance of tolerance.