New Independent Expert on LGBT issues a "huge development"

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UN stamps promote the Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Activists are hailing the appointment of a UN Independent Expert on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as a milestone.

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution on Thursday establishing the mandate.

It represents an important step towards stamping out homophobia and transphobia, say those fighting hatred and discrimination against the LGBT community.

Dianne Penn reports.

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