WATCH: United Nations Poses a Riddle to End Homophobia

By Sunnivie Brydum

Originally published on May 15 2013 1:47 PM ET

A simple but powerful new video from the human rights office of the United Nations offers a reality check about the rights of LGBT people. 

Titled "The Riddle," the video features intimate headshots of a diverse collection of LGBT people asking what has existed since the dawn of time yet is illegal in 76 countries and incites violence and discriminatory treatment on a daily basis. 

The answer to the riddle? Being gay. 

"Every nation is obligated by international human rights law to protect all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from torture, discrimination, and violence," says Navi Pillay, the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

"The United Nations has one simple message to the millions of LGBT people around the world," says U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. "You are not alone."

Watch the video below.