Ban Ki-moon’s video address at the start of the discussion described violence against gays and transgender people as a “monumental tragedy” and a “stain upon our collective conscience”.
But, he said: “To those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, let me say: You are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold.
“Today, I stand with you, and I call upon all countries and people to stand with you, too.”
Now AllOut.org, which has members in every country of the world, has breathed new life into Ban Ki-moon’s speech with a remix to ensure it is seen by as many people as possible and is not overshadowed by the opposing nations’ boycott.
“When someone like Ban Ki-moon speaks out, it makes a difference,” said Andre Banks, Executive Director of AllOut.org. “But only if people hear what he has to say.”