By David Airey
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) is the only postal authority that issues stamps in three different currencies: US dollars, Swiss francs, and euros. The stamps are only valid for mail sent from the UN offices in New York, Geneva or Vienna, but they’re also used as a way to highlight campaigns the United Nations is involved in, and this month the UNPA unveiled a set of six commemorative stamps to promote UN Free & Equal — a global UN campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Artwork depicting lesbians (above)
It’s the first time the UN has issued stamps with the LGBT theme, and they were designed by Sergio Baradat in line with his appreciation for French Art Deco and growing up in Miami.
This one (below) depicts a person with butterfly wings to represent someone who is transgender and who is, according to Sergio, “becoming who they really are, blossoming.”
“We live in a world where even though