Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 22, 2010
Replay: LGBT Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy

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."

Click here to view the Secretary's full remarks.



Maryland, USA
June 21, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Okay, i think i can make it here by 11:00AM
tomorrow morning :). It sounds like it should
be a very enlightning event.

I look foward too,watching the discussion following Hillary's Remarks.


nancy c.
California, USA
June 22, 2010

Nancy in California writes:

Thank you, Hillary. You are doing more for LGBT rights than your boss is.

Saman B.
June 22, 2010

Saman B. in Iran writes:

@ Ms Secretary Clinton:

Peace be with you!

Everybody in birth need a female sex + a male sex, it's a normal logical instinct in our nature, some of those have done for pleasure or in their family role, no illogical that we are all desire to do. About Gays and Lesbians, I'm sure all of those are ill; on the other hand this law take advantage of freedom and presuming up of the democracy, so we should not put it in the human rights underlies.

Versus America and Europe freedoms, Iran has a lot Gay and Lesbian especially gays, in schools, in universities, in the society, among Tehran positions, in lack of freedom.

Thank You

Pamela G.
West Virginia, USA
June 22, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

It is so exciting to see the Secretary standing up for the most maligned group in America today. It is time for the USA to accept gays and give them all the rights and freedoms that the rest of its citizens enjoy. Look forward to the live podcast.

Maryland, USA
June 22, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Well, i was able to watch the live broadcast.

My thoughts on this subject are"we all are
created equal ". And life is short,so do what
makes you Happy.

Also, Human Rights are for Everyone,i don't care what they do in their free time.

See_ya ...Hillary & You Guys and Gals of DipNote. :)

New York, USA
June 22, 2010

Karina in New York writes:

Hillary, you're the best leader in the world! So brave,down to earth, warm, tough and beautiful! RUN in 2016!

June 22, 2010

O. writes:

I Gotta disagree on this one ma'am I m With DOD on DON'T ASK DON'T TELL POLICY who cares about other people sexuality extendable to any other human choices during earth life course

Gail C.
Iowa, USA
June 23, 2010

Gail C. in Iowa writes:

Thank you, Secretary Clinton, for your positive remarks and your committment to LGBT people. I am a straight person with very good gay friends who work hard, pay taxes, and are great parents. They deserve equal rights!

Tom H.
June 24, 2010

Tom H. in Hungary writes:

I love that Hillary is taking a lead on this. She is an amazing & incredible Secretary of State. But American LGBT are still very unfairly treated and something needs to be done about this. LGBT people who happen have fallen for a partner who is not also a US citizen have only two choices; both of which put them at risk and endangers their welfare. Either the non US citizen becomes illegal and they stay in the US, or they move out of the US. There is NO gray area here and that is incredibly unfair, and goes against all that the US preaches to every other nation in the world. Granted, the US doesn't throw you in jail, but what is a prison? Aren't you in prison when you are confined to live somewhere other than where you choose to live? The fact that there is no protection for their own LGBT citizens, and that because of who they love, they have to totally disrupts their lives, careers, and puts themselves at risk seems like exactly what Hillary is talking about. Why can't the members of the US State Department see that without their help, tens of thousands of people have had to move overseas to be with their partners and are stranded abroad in compromised living situations for years on end. Changes in the regulations of the visa code to ensure that ALL Americans can indeed live at home in the US with their loved ones and their families should not have to take an act of Congress. This is much simpler than that and that is really a cop out. The codes of who and who isn't considered "family" on visa applications is what is at the core here. That could be an internal State Department decision. You are deferring to Congress but I don't see why. You, the State Department, have the power to change the code of these classifications if indeed you see that American citizens rights, health, and their lives are being compromised. And as Hillary says, this is possible now. . I challenge the State Department and all US embassies around the world, to take Hillary's words to heart and do something! WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MOVE HOME!


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