identity 2011
United Nations To Consider Creating An LGBT Rights Officer
Five South American countries are expected to propose creating a new office concerned with LGBTI people's rights during next week's meeting of the Human Rights Council.
By J. Lester Feder

A group of five South American countries is expected to propose creating a new position at the United Nations devoted to investigating human rights violations against LGBTI people.

The position — a special rapporteur, or investigator — would answer to the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is beginning its next session of work in Geneva next week.

“We are going to be presenting a resolution, but it’s a work in progress,” said a diplomat with one of the countries sponsoring the initiative, who asked not to be named because the proposal had not been made public.

If such a resolution were adopted, it would be a significant step towards ensuring LGBTI rights are an ongoing matter of concern to international human rights bodies. The Human Rights Council adopted its first ever resolution on “human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity” in 2011 led by South Africa, but it took LGBTI rights supporters several years to figure out how to continue to press the issue further.

This is great news! LGBTQ+ rights should always be treated with the same concern as other human rights. 

IDentity fest was probably, no actually, IT WAS the best day/night/whatever of my life. i can’t believe i once hated on electronic music so much, which just shows how wrong i am sometimes. i made so many fucking friends, and half of oregon state was there anyway. i just can’t even describe. it was my first electronic music show therefore i was mindBLOWN 99% of the time by how people do their thing behind the dj booth. i will say though, kaskade took my heart with him. most fun i’ve ever had, prettiest lights, yaknow the whole shindig. in my opinion the warped CAMPING crew is much more fun, but you can’t beat the electronic crew’s fun and energy actually at the show.

also, nero owned the shit out of the rockstar stage.

and now starts the year of electronic music - skrillex, freaknight, moonlight masquerade, edc IT’S GONNA BE A LONNNNG (but grrreat) YEAR ps if you’re going to any of these in PDX or freaknight let’s be franz