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Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

June 17, 2011

Today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the first ever UN resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. This represents a historic moment to highlight the human rights abuses and violations that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people face around the world based solely on who they are and whom they love.

The United States worked with the main sponsor, South Africa, and a number of other countries from many regions of the world to help pass this resolution, including Brazil, Colombia, members of the European Union, and others. This resolution will commission the first ever UN report on the challenges that LGBT persons face around the globe and will open a broader international discussion on how to best promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.

All over the world, people face human rights abuses and violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, including torture, rape, criminal sanctions, and killing. Today’s landmark resolution affirms that human rights are universal. People cannot be excluded from protection simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The United States will continue to stand up for human rights wherever there is inequality and we will seek more commitments from countries to join this important resolution.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. thainjacobs permalink
    June 17, 2011 3:09 pm

    This is awesome. ‘Bout time the UN did a bit more on this issue.

    Now we need full marriage equality in this country. I hope one of the things Hillary does after she’s no longer SOS is announce she supports that, like Bill did.

    Just wondering- have the WH or State Dept. issued a statement about Gay Pride month since it’s June and that’s, uh, Pride month? Doesn’t Hillary usually issue a statement or even a video? Did I miss it this year or did stacy already post something about it?

  2. June 21, 2011 4:59 am

    It is not so much a red banner day as a rainbow flag moment. Gays the world over should not be discriminated against, so says the United Nations in an historic moment, adopting a resolution supporting equal rights for gays. Did you hear that “Faggot” slurring sports stars and, yes, I am talking to you Tracey Morgan for whom this must be a bit of a ‘stab in the heart’. But it is not just the law of the land, it is the understanding of the world. So if the United Nations can understand and facilitate such understanding…what is still wrong with this united nation known as the United States. Just how can we stand by the UN resolution without fully understanding the hypocrisy that still permeates this United…or not so united…States. We still have discrimination in the armed forces. (Sure, sure, committee after committee has to still weigh in on the ridding of DADT. Until then where are we?) Gay Weddings? Good for some in some states…intolerable to others in most states. This is simple discrimination. Let us learn from the resolution and have some truth in advertising for once. If we want to call ourselves the United States…can’t we just be United? Really!?!

  3. December 31, 2011 9:53 am

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  4. February 16, 2013 2:47 pm

    She looks great in purple.

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