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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Remarks on May 17th, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17, 2011

In every part of the world, men and women are persecuted and attacked because of who they are or whom they love. Homophobia, transphobia and the brutal hostility associated with them are often rooted in a lack of understanding of what it actually means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). So to combat this terrible scourge and break the cycle of fear and violence, we must work together to improve education and support those who stand up against laws that criminalize love and promote hate. As we mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia this May 17, let us resolve to redouble our efforts.

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am proud to reaffirm our support for LGBT communities at home and abroad, and to call for an end to discrimination and mistreatment of LGBT persons wherever it occurs. Whether by supporting LGBT advocates marching in Belgrade, leading the effort at the United Nations to affirm the human rights of LGBT persons, or condemning a vile law under consideration in Uganda, we are committed to our friends and allies in every region of the world who are fighting for equality and justice. These are not Western concepts; these are universal human rights.

Despite these gains and hard work, there is more to do to turn the tide of inequality and discrimination against the LGBT community. If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, know that the United States stands with you and we are unwavering in our commitment to ending this cycle of hate.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    May 17, 2011 11:01 am

    Very cool, she rocks.

    I like that Advocate photo btw.

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    May 17, 2011 12:22 pm

    Good for her! Has there ever been a more progressive SOS on LGBT rights?

    If she’s really leaving public office in 2013, I can’t wait for her to announce her complete and unequivocal support for same-sex marriage (as Bill has already done). Better still, when she’s elected Presdient in 2016, I can’t wait for her to announce her complete and unequivocal support ofr same-sex marriage.

    • Bea permalink
      May 18, 2011 2:02 pm


      As the saying goes, from your lips to God’s ears……

  3. Steve permalink
    May 17, 2011 1:48 pm

    Can you imagine Condi Rice, James Baker or Henry Kissinger doing this? HA! She’s the best glbt advocate this admin. has.

    I hope she reverses course on gay marriage. I just have a really hard time believing she truly opposes it.

  4. January 24, 2013 7:50 pm

    I like that she is a big supporter of lesbian and gay rights. Why is it always the women that are for it and the guys that are against it. Not always but women seem less judgmental.

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