Wednesday, November 24, 2010

UN says: Okay to kill queers

While the UN doesn't actually say, "It's okay to kill queers, go on, set 'em on fire, we'll watch," it no longer says it's not okay to kill us. In practical terms, there's little difference.

Every two years, the UN votes on a resolution condemning regimes for extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions of specifically-named groups such as human rights defenders, religious and ethnic minorities, etc. Since 1999, lesbian and gay people have been included.

Not anymore.

In a regressive 79-70 vote a few days ago, the reference to queers was cut. The new amendment was then passed by the General Assembly with 165 votes in favour and 10 abstentions. So congratulations, UN. You've just allowed places like Uganda to feel perfectly comfortable killing us for no other reason than we're us. Thank you very much. I feel so much better.

If you want to read more, the UK's Pink Paper has info. Funny how I haven't seen anything about this in general news reports. Oh, yep, very funny. Hilarious.

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