There is a brilliant footnote to the United Nations declaration that calls for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. The resolution is the brainchild of French black gay activist Louis-Georges Tin.
The founder of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) tells UK Gay News, "We are proud of the historical Declaration that was read. This is an historical event. For the first time ever, such a text has been read in the General Assembly of the United Nations."
Tin was profiled on this blog in November 2006 and in The Advocate by journalist Doug Ireland. The French activist said then he would launch a global campaign for a United Nations referendum to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide. It took two years to materialize but how sweet it is ....
The activist secured the help of Nobel prize-winners such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and, worked closely with the French government and French Secretary of State for Human Rights Rama Yade, seen above. "We have worked a lot on this issue, for us it is a great achievement," Tin adds. "I also want to remind that it is a long-term battle."
Bravo to Louis Georges-Tin.
Tin's Pride [UK Gay News]