Article is here (UN calls for protection of gay rights - Americas - Al Jazeera English)

Globally, homosexuals and transgender individuals face discrimination and violence, including killings, rape and torture because of their orientation, and risk the death penalty in at least five countries, the United Nations says.

In the first official UN report on the issue, released on Thursday, the world body called on governments to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, prosecute all serious violations, and repeal discriminatory laws.

I think that this is a great step forward. The UN doing a report on the LGBT community at large allows for there to be documentation of what is going on. While many may argue that this doesn't do much, when you combine it with this, it seems that there is some hope.