Celebrating Same­-Sex Love at the United Nations

History was made this week at the United Nations as same­-sex love and relationships were recognized and celebrated. Daniela Mercury and her wife Malu Verçosa Mercury spoke to media at the United Nations in New York City and at this forum: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) People in Latin America: ­­A Decade of Progress. Daniela Mercury is a Brazilian musician who has sold over 20 million albums and Malu Verçosa Mercury is a journalist. Daniela Mercury is a UN Equality Champion and a UNICEF Ambassador for Brazil. Daniela and Malu were married in 2014 in the company of family and friends.

The video Celebrate Love! is the new resource from the United Nation’s Free and Equal Campaign. It features a new song by Daniela Mercury and footage from Daniela and Malu’s wedding ceremony and celebration.

This Celebrate Love video was premiered at this forum at the United Nations that was sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador and Uruguay. It was organized by OutRight Action International and the Office of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights in cooperation with these Latin American Missions. Tracy Robinson, Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBT Persons, Organization of American States; and Belissa Andria, Peruvian LGBT activist spoke at the event with Daniela Mercury.

The event noted the progress of LGBT equality, marriage and non­discrimination laws across Latin America in the last decade in the midst of persistent hate crimes, prejudice and stigma. Daniela Mercury said: “We live in a world where there is still a lot of violence, and I ask, why are people uncomfortable with other people’s love?”

Daniela Mercury, Wife Malu Verçosa Mercury on LGBTI Rights at UN, Europa Newswire

Banner Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe