On 5 February 2016, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue a set of six commemorative stamps to promote the UN Free & Equal campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The new stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat of UNPA and mark the first time that the United Nations has issued stamps with an LGBT theme.
Free & Equal is a UN Human Rights Office initiated global public education campaign to raise awareness of violence and discrimination against members of the LGBT community. Since its launch, the campaign has generated a stream of popular content and engaged millions of people in an effort to promote the fair treatment of LGBT people and generate support for measures to protect their rights.
Equality is a fundamental principle of human rights. All human beings – whoever they are, wherever they live, whomever they love – are entitled to enjoy the same basic rights, free from arbitrary interference. LGBT people, like everyone else in the world, are entitled to live their lives free from fear, violence, discrimination and persecution.
UN Free & Equal recently celebrated two years of campaigning, in which the campaign's message of acceptance and equality reached some two billion people. To learn more about the campaign, please visit www.unfe.org.
There will be a special pre-launch ceremony and performance for the issuance of these stamps on 4 February at the General Assembly Lobby from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The stamps, as well as a range of related stationery items featuring the new designs, will be available for purchase online and from the UNPA offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
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