This moving video calling for LGBT equality was made 5 years ago. Here's what's changed since then.
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This stirring video from All Out calling for full LGBT equality in every country around the world was made five years ago.

Let's see how we've done since then.

The United States has actually done pretty well!


Image by All Out.

In 2010, same-sex marriage was only legal in six states and the District of Columbia. As of May 12, 2015, it was legal in 37 states plus D.C. Woo hoo!

On the other hand, it's still largely OK to fire people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the ACLU, only 17 states and D.C. prohibit both forms of employment discrimination. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act — which was designed to make it illegal to hire or fire someone because they're L, G, B, or T — is still held up in Congress because ... Congress. Boo.

Not perfect but not bad. All in all, I'd give us a solid B.

Some countries are really killing it on equality.

Image by Yaddah/Wikimedia Commons.

The U.K. took the top slot in Rainbow Europe's annual survey of LGBTI rights, scoring 86% in 2015, owing largely to the introduction of marriage equality all throughout Great Britain and new programs designed to combat homophobia in schools. And Scotland scored even better at 92%.

But even Scotland isn't perfect. Like most places, it still has a spotty record on trans and intersex rights.

An A-, I think, for them.

So much work remains to be done worldwide.

Image by All Out.

According to the video, homosexuality was a crime in 76 countries in 2010.

That's ... still true. In fact, it may be even higher. As of 2014, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association counted 78 countries where homosexual acts are considered illegal. Even more shockingly, in five of those countries, the prescribed penalty for committing homosexual acts is death. An additional four have language on the books that could be read to call for death.

We've made some great progress in the last five years. But there's still a long, long way to go.

LGBT folks need to be able to live freely and openly without having to fear for their lives, their jobs, or their safety. And the folks who made that video five years ago? They're still at it trying to make it happen (check 'em out when you get a chance).

Let's make sure that the next five years are even more productive than the last.

Images by All Out.

Or maybe we can get it all done by next week. Who's with me?!

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

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