Friday, June 17, 2011

The UN: Hey, hey, hey! It's cool to be gay!

Oh my God!!! Best day EVER! The UN just passed a resolution that says it's OK to be Gay and you shouldn't be mean to gay people! This is like a dream come true, only that by "like a dream" I mean "complete load" and by "come true" I mean "of crap".

This the UN we're talking about. They passed many resolutions over the years, virtually all useless. Some activists got really excited saying that it's an important shift on an issue that has divided the global body for many decades. Well, newsflash: the world is still divided as the vote was quite close. Was anyone really surprised that many African and Muslim countries decried the resolution? 
Backers included the U.S., the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries. Those against included Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Pakistan. China, Burkina Faso and Zambia abstained, Kyrgyzstan didn't vote and Libya was suspended from the rights body earlier.
Oh, my Goodness. I see this paragraph in front of my eyes and I don't know where to start ripping it apart. Yes, Libya was suspended from the human rights body due to recent events. As if before Libya was oozing equality and tolerance (secret prize for anyone who can guess what Libya's vote would have been!). Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China are still part of the council. Que the laugh track.

And there's of course Russia being a total bitch as usual when it comes to LGBT rights, making me utterly ashamed of my Russian roots. 

The resolution isn't a bad thing, that's for sure. But the world is moving on towards equality for gays and lesbians anyway, some countries faster than others. That would keep happening with or without the UN resolution and many backwards countries can carry own killing, torturing, imprisoning and, most importantly, deny any basic human rights from gay people.

Much as I'm hungry for good news, I find it quite difficult to get excited over this. I prefer real stories where some countries decriminalize homosexuality or, better yet, grant gays equal rights including marriage. I know, I am very difficult to please.


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