Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans Rights Are Human Rights


by Roy Steele

The United Nations Human Rights Commission reports that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people are victims of “pervasive violent abuse, harassment, and discrimination” in all regions of the world.

Seventy-six countries retain laws used to criminalize, harass, and abuse LGBT people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

In the United States, bias-motivated crimes based on sexual orientation rank second only to racist incidents among hate crimes.

In response to these oppressive anti-gay laws recently enacted in Russia and prevalent in other countries around the world, I wanted to create a graphic design to communicate that LGBT rights are human rights. I also wanted to create an image to tell the world that we're human beings with demands that include equality. I also wanted to ensure that the message transcends any borders or language differences.

It wasn't easy. The only well-known overt symbol representing the LGBT community around the world is the rainbow flag. I couldn't think of any alternative images, so I settled on that and moved on.

I translated the word "equality" into over 50 languages, which is what you see below super-imposed over our rainbow colors. I created eight separate graphics for each language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindu, Latin, Russian and Spanish).

If you have any graphic design ideas or suggestions, feel free to contact me.

I am using a creative commons license for these images. Anyone is free to copy or download my designs, and to use them any way you'd like. They cannot be used for commercial purposes (non-profits can use them), and the first and second images were created specifically for Google+ cover photos.

To download the image, right-click with your mouse placed on the graphic, and click "save image as" to download.


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Google plus cover page that says 'Equality is a human right' (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindu, Latin, Russian, and Spanish) over the rainbow flag colors. 1240x700
This image is the requisite size for a Google+ cover photo (red header).
Google plus cover page that says 'Equality is a human right' with red header (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindu, Latin, Russian, and Spanish) over the rainbow flag colors. 1240x700


Equality is a human right in 8 languages (arabic, chinese, english, french, hindu, latin, russian, and spanish)
This image is the requisite size for a Google+ cover photo (white header).
Google plus cover page with white header that says 'Equality is a human right' with red header (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindu, Latin, Russian, and Spanish) over the rainbow flag colors. 1240x700


Equality is a human right in every language, in 8 languages (arabic, chinese, english, french, hindu, latin, russian, and spanish)
"Equality is a human right in every language" can be modified in any way you like.


Equality is a human right in every language, in 8 languages (arabic, chinese, english, french, hindu, latin, russian, and spanish)
"Equality is a human right in every language" can be modified any way you like.

Equality is a human right (in arabic)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in Arabic.


Equality is a human right (in chinese)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in Chinese.


Equality is a human right (in english)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in English.


Equality is a human right (in french)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in French.

Equality is a human right (in hindu)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in Hindu.


Equality is a human right (in latin)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in Latin.


Equality is a human right (in russian)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in Russian.


Equality is a human right (in spanish)
"Equality is a human right in every language" in Spanish.

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