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Hillary Clinton's Landmark Speech to the UN on LGBT Rights: VIDEO


Here's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's historic and unprecedented speech to the UN today on LGBT rights.

Says Clinton, in her opening:

Today, I want to talk about the work we have left to do to protect one group of people whose human rights are still denied in too many parts of the world today. In many ways, they are an invisible minority. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, even executed. Many are treated with contempt and violence by their fellow citizens while authorities empowered to protect them look the other way or, too often, even join in the abuse. They are denied opportunities to work and learn, driven from their homes and countries, and forced to suppress or deny who they are to protect themselves from harm.

I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, human beings born free and given bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time. I speak about this subject knowing that my own country’s record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect. Until 2003, it was still a crime in parts of our country. Many LGBT Americans have endured violence and harassment in their own lives, and for some, including many young people, bullying and exclusion are daily experiences. So we, like all nations, have more work to do to protect human rights at home.

Watch it (you'll be glad you did), AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Bravo, Mrs. Clinton.

    I really, really love this woman.

    Posted by: Alex | Dec 6, 2011 5:13:59 PM

  2. "Well in reality, gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes. And whether we know it, or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Being gay is not a western invention. It is a human reality."


    Posted by: Alex | Dec 6, 2011 5:18:13 PM

  3. How she and her husband can speak at such length, seemingly with no teleprompters, is beyond me.

    But I know that many of the wicked right will tear her down for having "lesbian hair" in this speech.

    Amazing and applaudable. My friends at State say that she's the best leader ever.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 6, 2011 5:29:50 PM

  4. Yes, yes, ENDA, marriage, etc. are still out there - this administration has arguably done more than any other but still needs to be pressed to move forward on those issues...but...you cannot ignore the importance of this speech. A HUGE f**king deal.

    Posted by: Leo | Dec 6, 2011 5:38:39 PM

  5. What a powerful presentation; hopefully it will have a wide distribution. Thank you Hillary.

    Posted by: brent | Dec 6, 2011 5:43:28 PM

  6. An important and nuanced speech from Clinton and the Obama administration, one that acknowledges the US's shortcomings on LGBT rights (as it should). One favorite excerpt because it reflects the effect of equality in my little state: "But progress comes from changes in laws. In many places, including my own country, legal protections have preceded, not followed, broader recognition of rights. Laws have a teaching effect. Laws that discriminate validate other kinds of discrimination. Laws that require equal protections reinforce the moral imperative of equality. And practically speaking, it is often the case that laws must change before fears about change dissipate."

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 6, 2011 5:44:01 PM

  7. I love her for this and wish she had been elected President. She has done an amazing job as Secetary of State. This speech literally chokes me up.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 6, 2011 5:51:14 PM

  8. Beautifully messaged and another EXCEPTIONAL moment in our continued progress towards true equality for all. Bravo Hillary Clinton for giving the world a clear and logical education.

    Posted by: Martin C. | Dec 6, 2011 5:52:12 PM

  9. Hillary is amazing. Knew it before. Still know it now.

    Posted by: AERES | Dec 6, 2011 6:00:59 PM

  10. She should have been our president.

    Posted by: Max | Dec 6, 2011 6:23:59 PM

  11. @ OS2GUY: Remember, guy, who put her up to it. She was there making that speech because Obama SENT her there to make that speech.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 6, 2011 6:26:24 PM

  12. wouldn'ya love to hear what the beautiful and brilliant Victoria Jackson would say to this speech? Or that talented, insightful clinician, Marcus Bachmann?

    Now everybody--in your wildest imagination--can you think of one single republican who could and would make that speech?

    Okay, I can think of ONE; Colin Powell. But he's the ONLY one.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 6, 2011 6:29:21 PM

  13. It would be such a great loss for our country if she leaves a life of public service.

    Supreme Court Justice Hillary Clinton has a nice ring to it.

    Posted by: LW | Dec 6, 2011 6:29:27 PM

  14. let's not turn this into an "Hillary would have been better" nonsense hypothetical debate. Had she won she'd have most likely the exact same stances as President Obama - I'm not saying that i approve of that (because i don't) but i do *understand* it.

    the fact is this: the words are perfect. intelligent, emotional, honest, succinct. it is a quotation for the ages as it perfectly and simply makes its point - a point of Truth.

    This was a very good day for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 6, 2011 6:30:47 PM

  15. Excellent!

    Posted by: Jeb Goodcarver | Dec 6, 2011 6:36:16 PM

  16. Bravo Hillary, Bravo Obama. Today was a very good day.

    Posted by: Andrew | Dec 6, 2011 6:37:12 PM

  17. Wow... That was a wonderful speech.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 6, 2011 7:20:22 PM

  18. I don't particularly see this as a reason we should be pining for an impossible Hillary presidency, since she was speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, which takes nothing away from how important it is that a highly respected Secretary of State delivered the Obama administration's message. As others have said, it was a good day for both of them. They both deserve credit for standing up against global LGBT oppression.

    And what it points out is that we need an Obama administration in 2012 and not one of the Republican Neanderthals that is bashing the administration for the memo and Hillary's speech about the value of LGBT human dignity. Their collaboration, which the right-wing hates, shows why a Democratic presidency matters.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 6, 2011 7:37:21 PM

  19. What does this mean for gay couples in the U.S. where one party in the couple is facing deportation?

    Posted by: facts | Dec 6, 2011 8:29:51 PM

  20. amazing Hilary! I cannot imagine Bachman, Gingrich, Palin or any of the Republicans now standing for election, being able to put that many cohesive, intelligent and well-thought out words together in one go...can anyone?

    Posted by: Daniel Moreau | Dec 6, 2011 8:37:03 PM

  21. Thank you Mrs. Clinton. She is a powerful person. Powerful Speech.

    Posted by: J. Smith | Dec 6, 2011 8:58:09 PM

  22. Also, that was the most powerful lgbt rights speech I ever listened to.

    Posted by: J. Smith | Dec 6, 2011 9:25:36 PM

  23. Hillary Clinton has attained "Heroic" status with me with this speech!

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 6, 2011 9:58:35 PM

  24. Great speech, except for the fact that some of the most rabid anti-GLBT people ARE in fact Americans. Add to that a Democratic president who won't even support same-sex marriage because of his religious beliefs, and why on Earth would any of the banana republics in Africa take any of this seriously?

    Epic. Fail.

    Posted by: S. Taylor | Dec 6, 2011 10:19:36 PM

  25. She is truly brilliant. I recall back in the 1990's when she gave her speech to republicans and democrats on health care reform, even the republicans stood up and applauded her because she was so well prepared and articulate in her speech. It's a shame she never became President.

    Posted by: ajjanthony | Dec 6, 2011 10:21:18 PM

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