Human Rights office launches Free & Equal campaign to raise awareness about LGBT discrimination

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UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay (right), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (centre), and Justice Edwin Cameron (left) launch the Free & Equal campaign in Cape Town, South Africa (© Casey Crafford)

A global public education campaign launched this Friday by the UN Human Rights office aims to raise awareness about violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The 'Free & Equal' campaign will focus on the need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia.

Speaking at the launch in Cape Town, South Africa, UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay noted that while changing attitudes is never easy, it has happened on other issues.

She was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Justice Edwin Cameron of the South African Constitutional Court to announce the year-long project.

Several international celebrities have pledged their support for the campaign including pop star Ricky Martin, South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly, and Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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