Mogens Lykketoft – supporting gay rights?
By Ida Marie Bjørnvig and Emilie Rosenørn
Yesterday at the opening ceremony at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the President of the Danish Parliament wore a pink tie. In Nazi-Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, inmates of concentration camps who were accused of homosexuality were forced to wear a pink triangle. Because of this, the colour pink has become a symbol of the modern gay rights movement. LGBT-rights have been a highly discussed subject in the UN over the past years. We asked the delegate of Russia from the Commission of Social Development what the delegate thought of Mogens Lykketoft’s choice of tie:
“The Russian Federation is deeply offended and believe the President of the Danish Parliament shouldn’t be expressing the opinions regarding LGBT-rights on behalf of the UN. The delegation of Russia does not support same sex couples. By wearing a pink tie, the President of the Danish Parliament isn’t being objective. The delegate of Russian finds this appalling and unacceptable!”
LGBT individuals in Russia face legal and social challenges, as well as discrimination not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. In contrast to the United States which believes in equality for all individuals. The delegate of the United States from Security Council commented on the delegate of Russia’s statement:
“The delegate of the United States accepts the fact that Mogens Lykketoft wore a pink tie yesterday. The United States believes that the Russian Federation should work on improving gay rights in the country. The right to marry whomever you want is a human right and should be accepted by everyone.”
A demonstration by LGBT-activists in Moscow this Tuesday led to an innocent activist’s death caused by police brutality and this case will be discussed in the International Court of Justice today. PRESS will continue follow up on this case and will keep you informed!