United Nations: See Past LGBT Labels

Clip description:

This video from the United Nations Free & Equal campaign celebrates the contributions that millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people make to families and local communities around the world. The cast features “real people” (not actors), filmed in their workplaces and homes — among them, a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor and a volunteer, as well as prominent straight ally and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The clip is running all day today in Times Square.

  • MarkOH

    OMG, they look like every body else! What a great ad. (and, a little drool for office Verni – ugh, I can be so shallow at times)

    • RaygunsGoZap

      I prefer to think of us as Surface-y. Shallow implies a lack of depth, which isn’t accurate. Yes, I’m a lover of beautiful things but what those things are made of and how they exist in the world are important.

      • Justin

        surface-y. I will be using that. You made my morning. 🙂

    • CityWOOF

      Yes, he is hot! I wonder if he has a thick NY accent….even hotter 🙂

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Arrest me and put me in cuffs…. please.

      • MarkOH

        Make sure it’s with the mink lined ones. Wouldn’t want to chafe those beautiful wrists.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I know right. My Biz card doesn’t say:
    Sales manager, gay.

    Great matchup with this song too.

    • oikos

      Time for new cards. 🙂

    • vorpal

      Well, depending on what you’re selling, maybe it should?
      (If you’re selling, I’m buying. I’ll take everything you’ve got.)

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Great, sign here: ( X)
        Oh, you will need to take delivery on demand,
        no exceptions.

        • vorpal

          Just remember to poke air-holes in the shipment container. I want your merchandise arriving fresh and in top-notch condition, since I have big plans for it. Big plans indeed.

          Will this do for a signature? (You may have to reload to see the pic… finicky Disqus.)

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            I bet you have fun when you go to a palm reader.

          • vorpal

            I prefer to leave my mark on other people’s palms than spend time having the ones on mine read, if you know what I mean. Here, cup and stretch out your palm and I’ll give you a first-hand (haha) demonstration.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Such a naughty kitty! That’s why I like you!

          • vorpal

            Haha! I try my best. Ragnar makes it me easy.

  • Queequeg

    Nice clip. Too bad the U.N. can’t get that message out to the whole world.

  • Rocketeer500

    Real people, living their real lives. Who knew they weren’t straight.

  • Damn, what a powerful ad! I LOVE Ban Ki-Moon!!!

    • teeveedub

      Who knew that a picture of Ban Ki-Moon could make one’s eyes well up with tears?

      • MK

        I know! His bit was strangely my favorite part.

        Otherwise, though, this video is an affront to the sincerely held religious beliefs of Barronelle Stutzman and the moral values of Kenya and Gambia.

        • teeveedub

          Oh, what I wouldn’t give to see the faces of the evangelical tourists walking through Times Square and seeing this video on the mega-screen!

      • I thought that was just me? I’ve turned into a bit of a Paula Puddle lately with these Irish ads and such what.

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  • David Hitt

    Really beautiful ad.

  • AC

    Hot cop!

  • TommyTune

    I can just imagine some tourist from Kansas walking through Times Square, seeing that, and saying, “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

  • e jerry powell

    Larry Kramer and David Hockney are not going to like this …

  • tomfromthenews

    Listen…I think I hear tea bagger heads exploding.

    • DumbHairyApe

      Hey, do you know Vorpal?

      • tomfromthenews

        No, I don’t, sorry. Why?

        • DumbHairyApe

          Oh, I thought all you cats knew each other. Is that speciesistic of me?

          • tomfromthenews

            Coming from a self-proclaimed DumbHairyApe, not at all!

  • Isaac

    Pretty badass. Ban Ki-Moon is a fucking rockstar. Best UNSG of my lifetime.

  • Kevin-in-Honolulu

    The diversity here is wonderful, and this message is great..but the music that accompanies this…absolutely SUCKS.

    • DumbHairyApe

      I liked the music!

  • DumbHairyApe

    Great ad! I actually got choked up when the “StrIght Ally” label came up. Gorillas can be very sensitive animals.

    And, Officer Tom Verni makes me want to do something bad on the streets of NYC!

    • wmforr

      I think he’s married. This is him proposing two years ago.

      • DumbHairyApe

        I don’t want to marry him. I’m already married (to a man, of course). I just want him to have me spread eagle and frisk me..for a very long period of time.

  • John T

    A white NYPD cop isn’t exactly the best poster boy for equality.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      “Can you see past the label?”

    • DumbHairyApe

      He’s more of a poster MAN anyway.

  • Guess

    “Can you see past the label?”

    “HECK NO!” – Chuck Johnson, Sandy Rios, et al.

  • Rich Schanno

    Damn that cop Tom…… holy crap is he hot!