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Hillary Clinton Releases Statement Marking 'International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia' (IDAHO)


Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Clinton Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a statement to mark the day:

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.

Also, UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne recorded a video about the British government's support for the day's message.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. To be clear Jeremy Browne recorded a VIDEO. HE didn't VETO the message.

    Posted by: Mike | May 17, 2011 8:35:51 AM

  2. Yeah, I thought the "veto" bit confusing, too.

    Posted by: candideinnc | May 17, 2011 8:41:41 AM

  3. Thank you, Hillary Clinton... I love you!

    Posted by: Jim | May 17, 2011 8:48:02 AM

  4. Why did Great Britain veto the resolution?

    Posted by: brent | May 17, 2011 8:51:23 AM

  5. Hillary Clinton's statement is a powerful and emotional one. It is optimistic to see that our government supports equality. I was especially impressed by the words of "standing up against laws that criminalize love and promote hate." This speech will not be forgotten.

    Posted by: David | May 17, 2011 9:01:27 AM

  6. lets start by embracing full equality Hillary. How about you pussyfooting on Marriage equality?

    Posted by: Lady Mogo | May 17, 2011 9:07:56 AM

  7. Hillary Clinton's symbolic statement is just that - symbolic. In terms of real progress on gay rights, she's been found wanting. She is very much a "play it safe" person who follows rather than leads.

    Also, don't forget that it was her husband who saddled us with DOMA.

    Posted by: brian | May 17, 2011 9:14:40 AM

  8. I think this a good step forward. Hillary may play safe, but she knows the reality in politics.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 17, 2011 9:50:36 AM

  9. ..Nice ..on a day when Gov.Walker in WI. is trying to STEAL what Little rights LGBT TAX Paying americans have......F u America!

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | May 17, 2011 10:25:51 AM

  10. FACT CHECK. No, Idiot, er Brian, Bill Clinton did NOT "saddle us with DOMA." I'll type slowly so possibly you'll finally understand.

    The bill was introduced by Repug Clinton Hater Bob Barr, and was passed by Congress by a vote of 85-14 in the Senate and a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives. might want to write this down....are called "veto-proof majorities" so his veto would not have changed a thing the ability of those who luv to hate him another excuse. [And the same thing was true of DADT which, again, was NOT introduced into Congress by him.]

    Yes, the Dick Slimeball Morris radio ads touting DOMA should never have run, even if they were quickly stopped.

    Mr. Clinton recorded "robo calls" to California voters against Prop 8 while recordings of Mr. Obama's STUPID, INDEFENSIBLE "God is in the mix" drool at Rick "gay = pedophia" Warren's megachurch were used by Yes on 8 Trogs to pass it.

    Mr. Clinton now SUPPORTS marriage equality while Mr. Obama STILL does not, and while FINALLY backing away from defending DOMA in court using the same homohating language Barr used to pass it in the first place...PLUS some new homophobic angles like innocent straight people should not have to pay for federal benefits to gay couples...Mr. Obama is still NEEDLESSLY enforcing DOMA....even applying it in areas where a federal judge has told him DOMA does NOT apply [SEE: Lambda Legal/Karen Golinski vs. Obama lawsuit] and where even the DoD admits it doesn't—military housing for gay couples post ACTUAL repeal [still waiting].

    Bill Clinton made many mistakes, and anyone is free to bash him all they want—as long as they stick to the facts.

    Finally, though she's never chosen to go out of her way to dramatically package it in Jebus wrapping paper as Obama does, Mrs. Clinton's position is still wrong, too, of course. But when Mrs. Obama comes out for marriage equality, then starts calling voters in New York to urge their senators to support equality there as Chelsea has—let us know.

    Posted by: | May 17, 2011 3:07:45 PM

  11. Hillary Clinton is the Sec. of State, not the President or Speaker of the House. So, within her areas of authority, she's done a lot, and it appears some of you don't know about what she's already achieved.

    She lifted the horrible 20-year ban on HIV+ foreign nationals getting visas to visit or live in the US. This ban tore apart many gay couples or forced them to move to other countries. (Was instituted by George H W Bush in 1989).

    Additionally, when she took over the State Dept., she extended full partner benefits to all same-sex coupled State Dept. employees (including Ambassadors,Consuls General, etc.). That was a big, public statement of change from her predecessor (Rice).

    There are only so many things that the Sec. of State can do, but she's done more than anyone before her for the US's gay rights public presentation in the world of Diplomacy.

    Posted by: MFinBH | May 18, 2011 1:57:05 AM

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