On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” Undersecretary General Jan Eliasson called the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT) an “unfinished human rights revolution.” He lamented the lack of international progress, but said gains had nevertheless been “spectacular.”
Panelists called for redefining family in light of the persistence of UN member states not to recognize an equivalence between same-sex couples and the union of a man and a woman. Fifteen UN member states, calling themselves the “LGBT core group,” hosted the event. Despite considerable resources and influence, so far they have failed to gain traction among the wider membership and are limited to hosting side events and press conferences.
Multiple negotiations over the past year, which marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, have shut out the notion of “various forms of the family”—a term homosexual activists prefer instead of the definition of family from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read More
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