As many progressive politicians in Western countries focus on achieving equality between their citizens by supporting same-sex marriage, worldwide, gay people are still criminalised in 76 countries. Now a new video called The Riddle exposes this violence.
That fact is, once again, being given prominence by the United Nations (UN).
In 2013, people whose sexuality is not heterosexual are still treated as second-class citizens in many areas of the world, with some even facing the death penalty, the message makes clear.
Unfortunately, many of those countries are African, where, as V V V points out, gay people often face the death penalty simply for being actively homosexual.
Earlier this month, UN Human Rights posted a video commercial – The Riddle – to expose the injustice and violence millions of LGBT people endure with the hopes that one day they won’t have to.
As they say ,"76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment [...] individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human-rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world."
The Riddle includes an appearances by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. The UN's message is simple: "LGBT rights are human rights. Together we will build a world that is free and equal."