At the first-ever formal UN #HumanRights Council inter-governmental debate on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( #LGBT ) people held on 7 March 2012, Ban Ki-moon told countries that he sees a pattern of violence and discrimination directed at people just because of their sexual orientation and gender identities.
To those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, Ban Ki-moon said:
"You are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold. Today, I stand with you … and I call upon all countries and people to stand with you, too."
An overview of the event, via UN News Centre: http://bit.ly/zlYhwg
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (PDF): http://bit.ly/sv5sa4
More on combatting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity : http://bit.ly/j0VD6W