By Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director

South Africa in The Chair. (Thanks to John Fisher of Arc International for sharing this photo)

As many of you know, our movement achieved a major victory on June 17th, 2011 when the United Nations Human Rights Council passed its first-ever resolution challenging violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution, which was presented to the council by South Africa and Brazil with 39 additional co-sponsors from every region of the world, was the result of the hard work of LGBT activists around the world who encouraged their governments to support the resolution.

The full text of the resolution is now available in each of the six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Español, Français, and Russian. I encourage you to share the resolution with friends around the world.

Our Program Director, Jessica Stern, discussed this landmark victory during the segment “LGBT Rights on the Global Stage” on the radio show “Asia Pacific Forum” Monday, July 11. Jessica outlined the impact that the UN resolution will have. She also discussed the socio-cultural change and the progress of LGBT movements in Asia, especially in the Philippines and Singapore. If you missed the live broadcast of the show, you can stream the segment from the “Asia Pacific Forum” archive.