At the first-ever formal UN Human Rights Council inter-governmental debate on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people held on 7 March 2012, Ban Ki-moon told countries that he sees a pattern of violence and discrimination directed at people just because of their sexual orientation and gender identities.
To those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, Ban Ki-moon said:You are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold. Today, I stand with you … and I call upon all countries and people to stand with you, too.
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity (PDF)
Thank you, Secretary General.