The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has announced yesterday that it has come up with a set of new stamps in a bid to promote LGBT equality worldwide – the first time it has done so.
The set of six commemorative stamps constitutes as part of the UN Free & Equal, a global UN campaign for LGBT equality launched and led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN’s principal human rights official. Available in English, French and German, the series aim to ‘celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community’.
‘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,’ explained Sergio Baradat, the artist who designed these stamps.
He added: ‘There are some countries in the world right now where not only are we not celebrated or respected, but we are beaten and killed. 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.’
Baradat, who is of Cuban background, also shared that his style stems from his appreciation for French Art Deco and growing up in Miami, Florida. Part of his influence also comes from art from the first quarter of the 20th century. He firmly believes that LGBT rights are human rights and that all individuals deserve to be treated equally and fairly under the law.
The series is co-sponsored by the permanent missions of Argentina, Australia, Chile, El Salvador, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay, the delegation of the European Union, in addition to OHCHR and UNPA.
The stamps are available for sale at the UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna. Interested buyers can also purchase them online.