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.

Comments

  1. Chitown Kev says

    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.

  2. Paul R says

    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.

  3. Garrett in SF says

    “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.

  4. Derrick from Philly says

    “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 too….so lean, you know.

  5. dc8stretch says

    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.”

  6. nic says

    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.

  7. Derrick from Philly says

    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.

  8. eps says

    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.

  9. Louis says

    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!

  10. gabriel says

    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.

  11. Aaron Rowland says

    Here’s Obama’s…

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

    LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.

    Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration — in both the White House and the Federal agencies — openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

    The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

    My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

    These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

    BARACK OBAMA

  12. Rick in Rville says

    would he trade in his marriage for a civil union since he believes this qualifies under the “full spectrum of civil rights”?

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