The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) just released six stamps supporting the UN Free & Equal initiative—a campaign striving to promote LGBT equality. These stamps are the first of its kind designed to portray gay, bisexual, and trans individuals and themes.
The UNPA states on their website the organization’s mission: “All human beings – whoever they are, wherever they live, whomever they love – are entitled to enjoy the same basic rights, free from arbitrary interference. All States, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems, have a legal duty to promote and protect the human rights of all. LGBT people, like everyone else in the world, are entitled to live their lives free from fear, violence, discrimination and persecution.”
The collection comes with stamps in English, German, and French. They are only available for purchase at the UNPA Headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna, or online. A package of these beautiful collectable stamps costs $5.38.
The artist who designed them, Sergio Baradat, explains some of the inspiration behind these artistic expressions.
“One of the stamps represents someone who is transgender becoming who they really are, blossoming,” he said, referencing the butterfly stamp.
“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.”
In the US, United Nations stamps are valid for postage only if mailed at the UN Headquarters in New York. In Switzerland, these stamps are valid for postage only if mailed at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, and stamps in euro denominations are valid for postage only if mailed at the Vienna International Centre, Austria.
That said, we are sure the stamps will become popular collectible items through online sales.