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United Nations Launches First Official Campaign Against LGBT Discrimination

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With Zachary Quinto narrating, the United Nations Human Rights office is offically recognizing the impact of LGBT discrimination in a new video campaign. Launched today, the powerful video is filled with statistics that highlight the intense discrimination the LGBT community faces on a regular basis:

-40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT

-Gay and lesbian youth are four times more likely to consider suicide

-Young trans individuals are 10 times more likely to have attempted or thought about suicide

-One-in-five LGBT individuals have experienced workplace discrimination in the past year

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the video "challenges the myth that the impact of LGBT discrimination is small, or marginal, or confined to only a small part of the community."

The United Nations Human Rights office wants everyone to understand that LGBT discrimination affects everyone.

"It’s not only LGBT people who pay the price; we all do. Every trans kid thrown out of home or forced out of school is a loss for society. Every gay or lesbian worker denied work or driven to emigrate is a lost opportunity."

By taking a stand against the homophobic and transphobic discrimination LGBT people are forced to endure, the United Nations is bringing much needed attention to the community.

Check out the video:

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