10273194_10154027053745244_7075361788599262108_o-1024x576India: The United Nations is set to release its first Bollywood-style music video to raise awareness about equal rights of the LGBT community in India.

The video features a single by Celina Jaitly, an Indian actress who mainly appears in Bollywood films. She will be making her singing debut in this video.

Bollywood is the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.

The release is scheduled for April 30  in Mumbai and marks the launch of the UN public education campaign for LGBT equality called Free & Equal that is supported by Sa Re Ga Ma Ltd, one of India’s leading music and entertainment company.

“The best way to reach people across borders and language and cultural barriers is through music and I am most blessed to be able to contribute my musical debut to such a good cause,” Jaitly said.

Celina, who was appointed the United Nations Equality Champion in 2013,

And ask her why a Bollywood theme song for an international campaign, and she told timesofindia.indiatimes.com: “Bollywood is one of the most promising industry worldwide. It’s unbelievable that even people sitting in the UN know a lot about Bollywood and they themselves came up with idea of doing this kind of a video as it will have a wide appeal, not just the young generation but people across all generation will connect to it since Bollywood appeals each and all.”

She expressed hope things in India will change for the better and their efforts will make a difference in the life of the people who have been at the receiving end for a long time now.

Indian gay rights activists have for the past 12 years waged a legal battle to do away with the colonial-era “Section 377” law that describes same-sex relations as “unnatural” and punishable with life imprisonment.

Efforts have resulted in a flip-flop with courts decriminalizing and then recriminalizing the Section 377 law.

The Supreme Court past December upheld the validity of Section 377, reversing the 2009 Delhi’s high court ruling that decriminalized it and gave the gay community broad protections and rights.

In January the Supreme Court dismissed a plea by the federal government, gay rights activists and organizations for reviewing its overarching verdict. Currently, a new Supreme Court bench has agreed to re-examine that decision.

You can watch a video clip of Jaitly talking about the LGBT controversy here:

Source: gaylaxymag.com; timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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