There’s more than one way to promote an agenda – add Broadway musicals to the expense sheet.
This week, Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, took 17 UN ambassadors to the awarding-winning Broadway musical, “Fun Home”. The story is about a family where the daughter is lesbian and the father secretly has affairs with men.
After the play was over, several ambassadors said they had accepted Power’s invitation, not knowing what the performance was about.
A notable invitee was Russia’s envoy, whose country has made it a crime to hold gay rights rallies or to openly discuss homosexuality in content accessible to children. Ambassadors from Australia, Namibia, Norway, Mexico, Uruguay and Vietnam, which legalized same-sex marriage last year, were also on the guest list. Power said she invited a diverse group of ambassadors to see the stories of real lives to bring home “the challenges that LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] people face every day around the world”.
The play dramatizes the LGBT issue “in a way that [UN] resolutions and statements never can. This is the way we are going to break through,” she said. “It’s about imagining oneself. It’s about imagining one’s child. It’s about imagining one’s father.”
But Power, a former journalist and author of several books, stressed that “it takes time to change the DNA of the UN, just as it’s taken a lot of time to change the DNA of the United States”.
(Via The Guardian)
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