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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wishes You 'Happy Pride': VIDEO

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recorded a message for LGBT Pride Month in a video released by the State Dept.

Clinton notes the advances being made in the world toward LGBT rights but cautions there is still much left to do:

This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. In the United States and around the world, progress is being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is bending the arc of history. Barriers are being torn down, discriminatory laws repealed, and millions are now able to live more freely and participate in the future of their communities and countries. But there is still much more to be done. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women continue to be persecuted and attacked. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, and even executed.

Watch (and read the transcript), AFTER THE JUMP...

Clinton's remarks:

I am honored to join you to celebrate the fundamental freedoms that all human beings deserve – no matter who they are or whom they love. This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

In the United States and around the world, progress is being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is bending the arc of history. Barriers are being torn down, discriminatory laws repealed, and millions are now able to live more freely and participate in the future of their communities and countries.

But there is still much more to be done. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women continue to be persecuted and attacked. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, and even executed.

United States Embassies and Missions throughout the world are working to defend the rights of LGBT people of all races, religions, and nationalities as part of our comprehensive human rights policy and as a priority of our foreign policy. From Riga, where two U.S. Ambassadors and a Deputy Assistant Secretary marched in solidarity with Baltic Pride; to Nassau, where the Embassy joined together with civil society to screen a film about LGBT issues in Caribbean societies; to Albania, where our Embassy is coordinating the first-ever regional Pride conference for diplomats and activists to discuss human rights and shared experiences. And through the Global Equality Fund that I launched last December, we have strengthened our support for civil society and programs to protect and promote human rights.

We will not rest until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone. History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination. But it requires a concerted effort from all of us. No matter how long the road ahead, I’m confident that we will travel it successfully together.

Wherever you are celebrating this month, I wish you a happy Pride.

 

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  1. thx hillary, c u in '16

    Posted by: t | Jun 12, 2012 12:38:05 PM


  2. Nice message but...

    Madame Secretary, does "full and equal rights" include marriage equality?

    It's safe for you to say it now.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 12, 2012 12:46:09 PM


  3. I adore you Hillary and thank you for the kind words to all of us.

    Posted by: Monrob | Jun 12, 2012 12:46:17 PM


  4. I thought she had said it... I know Bill certainly did and it's been obvious that SHE is our real "fierce advocate". I can't love this woman more!

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jun 12, 2012 12:49:35 PM


  5. Say it Hillary, my husband screwed you over and I'll work to end that now. DOMA must go.

    Posted by: yonquersconquers | Jun 12, 2012 12:54:00 PM


  6. Yet she has never publicly supported marriage equality. The president, vice president and NUMEROUS cabinet secretaries have "evolved" and come forward but the Secretary of State has conspicuously been silent on the issue. It's amazing to me that so many people are willing to give her, and ONLY her, a pass on this.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 12, 2012 12:57:13 PM


  7. Well considering her husband signed DADT and DOMA into law.....good on her.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 12, 2012 1:16:28 PM


  8. Graphicjack: She has never said IT. Just like our President never said he'd make it happen.
    In fact, now, the President is ahead of her on the Marriage Equality issue.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Jun 12, 2012 1:19:29 PM


  9. Guys: she hasn't been able to "evolve" publicly. By tradition, the Secretary of State doesn't involve herself with domestic political matters. Expect her evolution in 2013. She's retiring from that post regardless of this election's outcome.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 12, 2012 1:21:36 PM


  10. Nice!

    Posted by: Oliver | Jun 12, 2012 1:46:21 PM


  11. I think it's time to stop bringing up Bill signing DADT and DOMA. We all know he was blackmailed into doing it by the Republicans and the press, and it's become counterproductive for the gays to continue to argue about it.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Jun 12, 2012 1:53:21 PM


  12. JEFF - how does that story go exactly? Clinton's a good guy who got soiled by the D's but it's not clear to me how it happened.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 12, 2012 2:01:56 PM


  13. Dump Biden, Hillary for VP 2012

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jun 12, 2012 2:13:08 PM


  14. Thank you Hillary.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 12, 2012 2:15:27 PM


  15. @Tampazeke She gets a pass because she has a vagina between her legs and is the political equivalent of a "diva" to the (mostly effeminate) gay men who worship her and other "strong" women. No man would ever get such a pass from them, nor do the men who have endorsed marriage equality get anywhere near the accolades from them (they often get no credit at all) that this self-interested woman does by opposing equal rights.

    The same way that the homophobia of so many "divas", from Donna Summer to Cher, has been ignored, while the slightest little evidence of homophobia from, say, a male professional athlete, is pounced on.

    And no, Jeff NYC, Bill was not "blackmailed" into anything on DOMA. DADT was a compromise, but DOMA could have been vetoed--Clinton nevertheless chose to endorse it and sign it......and his wife continues to oppose marriage equality, as others have noted, even though almost every other Cabinet member has endorsed it, including virtually all the male members (who don't get the kind of praise that Diva Hillary gets heaped on her by gay men despite her opposition).

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 12, 2012 2:32:55 PM


  16. "Dump Biden, Hillary for VP 2012"

    And this is a good example of what I just described. Dump a man who courageously became the first member of the Obama Administration to publicly endorse marriage equality.....and replace him with a woman who has refused to.

    Hate men, even when they are our allies; worship women, even when they are not.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 12, 2012 2:35:23 PM


  17. Hillary should have been VP from the start, but I doubt she'd do it now. Name one thing that Biden has done aside from prodding Obama on marriage, and it's likely that was planned.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 12, 2012 2:46:05 PM


  18. Anyone who knows how to read between the lines has known since before the 2008 election that both Obama and Hilary support full equality and fairness for all.
    Saying she was "on a journey" was code for "we have to wait until a few more of the old racist, sexist, homophobic bigots have died off, then the polls will have changed and I can say the truth out loud and still survive in national politics. That was the political reality.
    I suspect that if Obama gets re-elected, this year, no Democrat will ever be afraid of publicly supporting equality again, and Republicans will start shying away from supporting second-class citizenship for gay people.
    If Romney gets elected, it will set America back a decade both economically and socially.

    Posted by: Gregv | Jun 12, 2012 2:59:36 PM


  19. Rick--they way you use the words "mostly effeminate" as an insult shows exactly what kind of man you are.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Jun 12, 2012 4:01:05 PM


  20. @Jeff NYC - exactly. Rick needs to deal with his internalized homophobia.

    Posted by: Lucas | Jun 12, 2012 6:29:18 PM


  21. She was speaking as Obama's Secretary of State, so it's not surprising that her comments have an international focus, and, internationally, it's not all about marriage equality. (I say this as someone who works daily for marriage equality in the US.) It would be short-sighted and strange of her to make marriage equality her biggest priority while she's Secretary of State.

    In many places it's about the basic freedom for LGBT people to live safely, without constant fear of persecution and violence against them. So I don't think she needs a pass in this case (and, clearly, she isn't getting one from several people here) because she's speaking towards those for whom marching visibly in a Pride Parade is an act of great bravery, as in a place like Split, where people didn't let last year's violence against them deter them from trying again, this time with encouraging success.

    Not every ally has to mention marriage in EVERY speech. And it is obvious she's an ally. The enemies to equality are the political leaders staying silent during Pride month (mostly men, actually, mostly Republican) while continuing to push their anti-gay agendas. Perspective is a good thing.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 12, 2012 8:20:00 PM


  22. Ernie,

    You're a DAMN LIAR. She was asked in Australia last year about Marriage Equality and as Sec of State she simply said SHE DOESN'T SUPPORT IT instead she supports Civil Unions. That is NOT full equality!

    And then Ernie you said "Not every ally has to mention marriage in EVERY speech"????Are you kidding but Obama was a n*gger, and everything else when he didn't Are you kidding me????

    The Gay community in which many of our white bretheren nearly nailed Pres Obama to a cross. However this white woman not so much!

    I call this BULLSH*T!

    Posted by: CHRIS DA CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Jun 13, 2012 1:00:03 AM


  23. Chris Da Chocalte, you play the race card in all your posts. It's tired, lame and a sure bet way to make people IGNORE your posts and your point. No one cares how victimized you feel. Get over it. Everyone has issues and they go beyond "woe is me.My people are victimized because of their skin color"...we're OVER hearing about it.

    Posted by: Aaron K. | Jun 13, 2012 2:41:25 AM


  24. Aaron, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!

    Posted by: CHRIS DA CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Jun 13, 2012 7:19:50 AM


  25. Whoa, Chris, take a chill pill. I'm not a Hillary apologist. And I certainly never called Obama a n*gger, as you put it. (Leave that to the TR racist trolls.)

    I said I didn't think marriage equality needed to be the focus of this speech because she was speaking as Secretary of State and therefore in a broad international context. It gives her a pass in this speech, it doesn't give her a pass not to support marriage equality. There are other issues in the world--gay rights isn't only marriage equality, that is my point. And, for the record, I am an Obama supporter, not a Hillary worshipper, but that doesn't exempt either of them for criticism or praise depending on the circumstances. If Hillary speaks on marriage equality after her Secretary of State term is up (when her focus on international issues ends) I fully expect her to be on board--if not, I'll be first in line to criticize her.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 13, 2012 10:53:24 AM


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