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Hillary Clinton Recognizes Stonewall, Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a statement recognizing June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

Clinton It reads:

"Forty years ago this month, the gay rights movement began with the Stonewall riots in New York City, as gays and lesbians demanded an end to the persecution they had long endured. Now, after decades of hard work, the fight has grown into a global movement to achieve a world in which all people live free from violence and fear, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

"In honor of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and on behalf of the State Department, I extend our appreciation to the global LGBT community for its courage and determination during the past 40 years, and I offer our support for the significant work that still lies ahead.

"At the State Department and throughout the Administration, we are grateful for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in Washington and around the world. They and their families make many sacrifices to serve our nation. Their contributions are vital to our efforts to establish stability, prosperity and peace worldwide.

"Human rights are at the heart of those efforts. Gays and lesbians in many parts of the world live under constant threat of arrest, violence, even torture. The persecution of gays and lesbians is a violation of human rights and an affront to human decency, and it must end. As Secretary of State, I will advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Though the road to full equality for LGBT Americans is long, the example set by those fighting for equal rights in the United States gives hope to men and women around the world who yearn for a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

"This June, let us recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which all people can live in safety and freedom, no matter who they are or whom they love."

It will be interesting to see what, if any, statement Obama releases this month considering that most of his campaign promises to LGBT citizens remain unfulfilled.

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  1. I can just hear every gay Clintonista saying "I told you so" at once.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 1, 2009 2:10:09 PM

  2. Unlike Obama who suffers from obmutescence.

    Word of the day: Obamutescence

    Posted by: Rainbow Rascal | Jun 1, 2009 2:21:37 PM

  3. Thanks Hillary. At least she says SOMETHING than staying completely silent. she seems like she really does want to make good.

    Posted by: liz templin | Jun 1, 2009 2:24:58 PM

  4. Yeah, I'll give it up to Hillary for this statement. It's a bit of a shame that Obama has to hide behind her when it comes to even recognizing our community (for the most part).

    Now if this statement had come from Eric Holder...I wouldn't be so cynical about it.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 1, 2009 2:28:01 PM

  5. That pantsuit is hideous...

    Posted by: Scottie | Jun 1, 2009 2:28:29 PM

  6. It's just June 1, ladies and gentlemen.

    Posted by: Kugel | Jun 1, 2009 2:31:04 PM

  7. @BRUNO,

    you're an 'ignoranus'. you're at once dumb and an asshole. sorry, couldn't resist.(thanks to the wapo).

    Posted by: nic | Jun 1, 2009 2:36:45 PM

  8. It's commendable that she issued this, though parts of it make it sound like the fight for gay rights only began at Stonewall, and she says that gays in some countries may suffer "even torture"---when we all know very well that many suffer death.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 1, 2009 2:37:45 PM

  9. Hillary is a class act. She speaks of the LGBT with dignity and grace. It's just really nice to read that today.

    Posted by: JMH | Jun 1, 2009 2:42:35 PM

  10. "That pantsuit is hideous..."

    'tis not. With pearls is damn classy. I'd like to ...well, after a few drinks.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 1, 2009 2:47:30 PM

  11. The pantsuit is fine but those pumps look like a pair of emergency pumps that she keeps at the office

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 1, 2009 2:52:33 PM

  12. "the road to full equality for LGBT Americans is long" ... and the Dems see no real need to shorten it. While I applaud what she has done for LGBT folks in the Foreign Service, she still needs to come out for marriage equality.

    No money to any politician unless they are truly walking the walk.

    Posted by: Garrett in SF | Jun 1, 2009 2:52:49 PM

  13. I'm sorry. Did she say anything new here?

    Are we now clamoring over any use of the word "gay" as a sign that we have allies?

    Posted by: Shelby | Jun 1, 2009 2:53:41 PM

  14. And why exactly didn't we elect her?

    Posted by: MT | Jun 1, 2009 2:54:14 PM

  15. Thanks Hillary...I'm not commenting on Obama's silence because mom always said if you don't have nothing nice to say.....

    Posted by: AS13 | Jun 1, 2009 2:55:48 PM

  16. "And why exactly didn't we elect her?"

    Stop referring to Al Gore using a feminine pronoun. It's so "queenie".

    Secretary Clinton still loves her boss and so should we. After all, he looks fine in his pants suits lean, you know.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 1, 2009 3:07:46 PM

  17. Uh, Shelby. yes, she did say something new. Something you never would have heard out of Colin Powell's or Condi Rice's mouth: "As Secretary of State, I will advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity."

    Posted by: dc8stretch | Jun 1, 2009 3:14:42 PM

  18. Ditto Paul R: we should not forget The Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis, nor the men in Iraq and Iran who are being executed for being gay.

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 1, 2009 3:27:49 PM

  19. DERRICK F.Ph.,

    after a few drinks you'd like to what? go lez for hill, or work that pantsuit? ha!

    hill rocks, lets see if the prez says something similar.

    Posted by: nic | Jun 1, 2009 3:37:16 PM

  20. after a few drinks you'd like to what? go lez for hill, or work that pantsuit? ha!

    both, NIC (you knew that). But Justice Sotomayer sets my closeted Lesbian heart on fire now...always had thing for Latinos...I mean, Latinas. She reminds me of an older Ava Gardner--tough and sexy!

    Alas, both Sonia and Hillary will find me too fem. Nobody likes fems...nobody in the world.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 1, 2009 3:55:05 PM

  21. the comments have been pretty funny so far! lol. you guys and gals.

    so, 1. go hill. she is rockin' it hard core at the state dept. the queens there love her! and its great that someone in the cabinet *IS* being vocal about our issues.

    and yes, i totally got lesbian vibes from sotomayor!

    and regarding fems... i have a friend in LA who is fem and is into other fems... maybe i should give you her num?

    finally, i am still glad obama is the president, he's done well so far, with the exception of gay issues. i'll give him a bit more time, but not too much longer. i don't think hillary and her baggage could've done all he's done... but who's to say. anyways, i'm glad he's prez but he better kick it up a notch. i still love hill though. the pant suit is too solid blue but it is a royal blue and she is close to royalty! xoxoxo.

    Posted by: eps | Jun 1, 2009 4:39:50 PM

  22. Note to Hillary: you can stop running for office now. It's over.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 1, 2009 4:45:43 PM

  23. Hilary, this is great for you to go abroad and tell other countries to abolish anti-gay laws in their countries but you could start at home. It is still not safe to walk on the street without being harrased for some of us , our jobs are not secure if they find out we are gay, some states still refused gay unions and the list go on.Home first Hilary!

    Posted by: Louis | Jun 1, 2009 4:49:07 PM

  24. LOUIS - I think we'd all agree, except for the fact that in her new role she doesn't have much control over what is done at home. She can't step on Obama's toes too much.

    Posted by: gabriel | Jun 1, 2009 4:56:48 PM

  25. seems the WH has issued a proclamation as well, however I cant find it on the WH website??

    Posted by: chris | Jun 1, 2009 5:05:52 PM

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