The US ambassador to the UN has found a novel way to teach LGBTI rights to member countries – more than 70 of which have anti-gay laws.
Samantha Power on Tuesday (1 March) took 17 UN delegates – including envoys from Australia, Vietnam, Namibia, Norway, Mexico, Uruguay and Russia – to the Tony award-winning musical Fun Home, in which Cynthia Nixon plays a lesbian who has a closeted gay father.
According to the Associated Press, Power said she invited the ambassadors to show them ‘the challenges that LGBT people face every day around the world.’ And that the play dramatizes LGBTI issue ‘in a way that (UN) resolutions and statements never can.’
‘This is the way we are going to break through,’ she said.
‘It’s about imagining oneself. It’s about imagining one’s child. It’s about imagining one’s father.’
According to a 2015 UN report, at least 76 countries have laws criminalizing LGBTI people.
‘Ambassador Power has been instrumental in the fight for LGBT rights on the global scale, and we’re so thrilled to welcome her and other interested UN ambassadors to Fun Home,’ producers Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson and Barbara Whitman said.
‘Without the hard work of people like ambassador Power, a musical like Fun Home probably wouldn’t be able to exist on Broadway.’