United Nations Launches Postage Stamps Honoring LGBT Equality

The stamps are part of the U.N's "Free and Equal" campaign.

Pride is months away but the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has released a series of new stamps promoting global LGBT equality.

The six commemorative stamps, which mark the first time UNPA has honored the LGBT community, are part of the UN Free & Equal campaign, and have the phrase "Free and Equal" written on them in English, French and German.

Said UNPA in a statement:

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.

All States, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems, have a legal duty to promote and protect the human rights of all.

LGBT people, like everyone else in the world, are entitled to live their lives free from fear, violence, discrimination and persecution.

Cuban artist Sergio Baradat, who designed the stamps, says he was inspired by the Art Deco style he grew up with in Miami.

"We live in a world where even though (developed) nations have embraced marriage equality (and) LBGT equality, we still have a far, far, far way to go," said."

"There are some countries in the world right now where not only are we not celebrated or respected, but we are beaten and killed," added Baradat. "And I thought that it would be a wonderful opportunity using art, to use postage stamps as a vehicle – using art to change hearts and minds."

The stamps are $5.83 for the set of six, and on sale at the UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna, and online.

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