Not only in europe and north america it is moving

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This important discussion is taking place all over the world. Not only in Europe and North America – it is moving forward in Africa, in Asia, in the Americas, in the Caribbean and in the Pacific. I welcome these vital changes. We need to see more countries taking steps to bring their laws and practices in line with the fundamental equality of all their people. But we need more. We need to change minds. At the core of killings and violence against LGBTI community is prejudice and hate. We will only prevent these crimes if we are brave enough to address these factors, across society. I am proud of the work my Office is doing to open people’s hearts and minds through its global Free & Equal campaign. This is one of the biggest UN public information initiatives ever undertaken, and it has reached hundreds of millions of people around the world. We also need education, education, education. Respect for diversity – including in relation to LGBTI people – should be reflected in school curricula and reinforced through effective public information campaigns. We need the business community, religious leaders, celebrities and the media to play a positive role. Excellencies, I believe that profound, positive change is possible. I have seen it in my own lifetime. It can be done. With your help, and the help of many others, we can prevent killings, violence, humiliation and fear in our LGBTI community. We can conquer hate. Thank you
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