Special UN Event Celebrates Allies For 2018 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On 17 May 2018, International Day of Against Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (#IDAHOTB), the LGBTI Core Group and OutRight worked with the Free and Equal Campaign and allies to host the United Nations event "Alliances for Equality." The panel, broadcast on UN Web TV, discussed building partnerships of trust, accountability, and support with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people and communities.

The event started with opening remarks by H.E. Ms. Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and introductory remarks by H.E. Ms. Ana Maria Menéndez, Senior Advisor on Policy to the United Nations Secretary-General. It also included a video message by H.E. Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights who in his remarks shared,

We must tackle the violence and the hate and build a great movement of people who stand up for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people. We all have a role to play. Activists and civil society, business leaders and political decision-makers, state officials, UN staff, faith leaders, artists, friends, and family members, being an ally is not something you are, it’s something you do. Tolerance and silent acceptance are not enough. We need to be there for our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex family members, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and even perfect strangers. That is the only way we can create a more inclusive society where everyone is valued, no matter who they are or whom they love.

The moderated panel discussion had speakers from the sectors of sports, culture, and business and civil society shared their stories, talked about the allies in their community and the challenges:

  • Moderator: Brittany Jones Cooper, Reporter at Yahoo
  • Roberta Colindrez, Actor and Writer
  • Barbara Whitman, Tony Award Winning Producer
  • Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy and sponsor of Diversity and Inclusiveness at EY
  • Xeenarh Mohammed, Founder of Resista Camp
  • Hudson Taylor, Founder and executive director of Athlete Ally
  • Casey Legler, French Olympian, Author and Model

H.E. Ms. Besiana Kadare, Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations made the closing remarks.

Watch the amazing panel:


Highlights and pictures from the event: