Forty years ago this month, the gay rights movement began with the Stonewall riots in New York City, as gays and lesbians demanded an end to the persecution they had long endured. Now, after decades of hard work, the fight has grown into a global movement to achieve a world in which all people live free from violence and fear, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In honor of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and on behalf of the State Department, I extend our appreciation to the global LGBT community for its courage and determination during the past 40 years, and I offer our support for the significant work that still lies ahead.
At the State Department and throughout the Administration, we are grateful for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in Washington and around the world. They and their families make many sacrifices to serve our nation. Their contributions are vital to our efforts to establish stability, prosperity and peace worldwide.
Human rights are at the heart of those efforts. Gays and lesbians in many parts of the world live under constant threat of arrest, violence, even torture. The persecution of gays and lesbians is a violation of human rights and an affront to human decency, and it must end. As Secretary of State, I will advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.I know after the last time I gave Clinton the win on LGBT rights while Obama still is kinda wading through the morass, and, I know, it is likely that all of this passes across his desk first...
Though the road to full equality for LGBT Americans is long, the example set by those fighting for equal rights in the United States gives hope to men and women around the world who yearn for a better future for themselves and their loved ones.
This June, let us recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which all people can live in safety and freedom, no matter who they are or whom they love.
...but her name is being attached to all this. His is not. I'm sorry, I'm still giving it a Clinton win, who is, perhaps unexpectedly, becoming a hero for LGBT individuals. And don't forget, the former Pres. Clinton is "evolving" on LGBT rights, too (and, apparently, it's time to end DADT -- thanks, BC, bout damn time) -- whether this would translate into any action if Clinton were President, I don't know, but it sure does start setting her up nicely, don't it?
I said it before, I think we'll see Bill in the next few years come out in support of same-sex marriage... and likely Hill as well.