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United Nations Turns to ‘Fun Home’ To Help End LGBT Discrimination with Special Performance

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Mar 03, 2016 02:03 AM EST

If you tuned into last year’s Tony Awards or had the good fortune of seeing Fun Home on Broadway, you know how powerful the show can be. But did you have any idea that it could help change the world? The UN has just used Fun Home as a tool to promote LGBT rights in other countries. Representatives from 15 countries, including Russia, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay were treated to a special performance of the Broadway hit as part of campaign to help end discrimination across the globe.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, spoke to reporters about the show, saying (via Reuters):

"[Fun Home brings home the challenges that LGBTI are facing every day around the world."
Powers also addressed the cast, thanking them for the special performance:

"Thank you for bringing this all home in a way that resolutions and statements never can."

According to Reuters, representatives from Russia, Gabon, Namibia, European Union, Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam were among the 15 ambassadors. The publication also noted that in 75 being gay is still considered a crime.

What do you think about the special performance? Can Fun Home help change hearts and minds on the issue? Do you that musicals have the power to tap the soul? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

As for us here at Classicalite, we also extend our gratitude to the cast, crew and creative team of Fun Home for their continuing message of love and acceptance.

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