Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Short Answers: Louis-Georges Tin

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Short Answers: Louis-Georges Tin

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The Paris-based International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will launch a global campaign in November for a United Nations resolution to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide. The proposal is the brainchild of IDAHO's founder, Louis-Georges Tin, 32, a professor, author, and rising activist in France.

Will this resolution pass?

Many people believe such a resolution is beyond reach--I don't. There is already U.N. jurisprudence in our favor. In 1994 a citizen of Tasmania who had been condemned for having same-sex relationships won his case in what was then the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The commission said his arrest was a breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the right of privacy. We will just ask the U.N. to extend this jurisprudence to other countries--75 in the world!--where homosexuality is forbidden.

Now will you lobby for it?

The campaign will have two main components. An external media campaign to raise awareness will begin November 17 with the unveiling of a petition on IDAHO's Web site, Idahomophobia. …

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