Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks at the Pride Month Celebration co-hosted by Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) and the Office of Civil Rights (S/OCR) at the U.S. Department of State on June 22, 2010. The Secretary was joined by U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, Counselor Cheryl Mills, Assistant Secretary for Populations, Refugees and Migration Eric Schwartz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Daniel Baer, Mark Bromley of the Council for Global Equality, and Cary Johnson of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
The Secretary said, "[T]he purpose of this occasion is to recognize with gratitude the contributions made by LGBT members of the State Department family every single day. We celebrate the progress that is being made here in our own country toward advancing the rights of LGBT Americans, and we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done but that we are moving together in the right direction."
She continued, "The struggle for equality is never, ever finished. And it is rarely easy, despite how self-evident it should be. But the hardest-fought battles often have the biggest impact. So I hope that each and every one of us will recommit ourselves to building a future in which every person -- every, single person can live in dignity, free from violence, free to be themselves, free to live up to their God-given potential wherever they live and whoever they are. And I thank you for being part of one of history's great moments."
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