The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke directly to African leaders about their views of the gay community. He wants them to stop treating gays as criminals.
Ban told African leaders that gathered in Ethiopia's capital on Sunday for an African Union summit that discrimination based on sexual orientation "had been ignored or even sanctioned by many states for far too long".This is a big step for LGBT rights on a global level.
Ban said it would be challenging for Africa to "confront this discrimination". There was no immediate response from African heads of states to Ban's speech. Many African countries outlaw homosexuality and many African churches preach against it.