Secretary Clinton addresses State Department for Pride, saying gay rights are human rights

Posted on 22 Jun 2010 at 3:40pm
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed members of the State Department at an event celebrating LGBT Pride Month.

She recognized “with gratitude the contributions made by LGBT members of the State Department family every single day.”

She mentioned that 10 years ago, she was the first first lady to march in a Pride Parade.

As a senator she was a sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination and hate crimes legislation.

Addressing the dangers many LGBT people face around the world, Clinton said, “These dangers are not ‘gay’ issues. This is a human rights issue.”

Clinton said: “So here at the State Department, we will continue to advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

She added that in countries where Pride parades are new, members of the American Foreign Service are marching. In countries where citizens come out publicly, American officials are expressing their support.

Click here to see watch Clinton’s address.

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