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International LGBT Advocacy at the United Nations

Bruce Knotts, Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), recently attended the United Nation's 60th anniversary conference - "Human Rights for All: the Universal Declaration at 60" at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. In preparing for the conference and during the conference the UU-UNO took the lead on advocating for LGBT rights internationally. Among the UU-UNO's accomplishments were hosting the first LGBT workshop of its kind in the 61-year history of the UN's Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations. The workshop focused on the Yogyakarta Principles. For a full description of the UU-UNO's important work, please see a report on the conference from Bruce Knotts. To celebrate the work of the UU-UNO and the importance of the United Nations, congregations are invited to schedule a UN Sunday service on or around the 26th of October. The UU-UNO has excellent materials that can assist your congregation to create a UN Sunday service. And, the UUA's International Resources Office has UN Sunday materials designed for "Faith Without Borders" congregations.