Slowly the barriers are crumbling in the US. Why is that important? Because like it or not the US still has considerable influence in the world. Combine the “gay rights are human rights” speech of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and it is likely that more and more states and progressive countries will choose to not be on the wrong side of history.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivering her Human Rights Day speech that just might change the world. As an LGBT person myself I agree that my rights are human rights.
Canada, my country of choice , rectified this before but the US and the Obama regime choosing to tell the world this is pretty awesome. I salute Obama and ( the person I wanted as president) Hillary Clinton. Watch the awesomeness.
I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, human beings born free and given bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time. I speak about this subject knowing that my own country’s record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect. Until 2003, it was still a crime in parts of our country. Many LGBT Americans have endured violence and harassment in their own lives, and for some, including many young people, bullying and exclusion are daily experiences. So we, like all nations, have more work to do to protect human rights at home.
Just discovered this very clever series of commercials from Kenneth Cole. Better late than never.
On Gay Rights
On why Kenneth has issues.
Makes me glad the last pair of shoes I bought were Kenneth Cole.
During a discussion on LGBT rights at the UN today the US showed its mettle by announcing that it will not simply accept the disgraceful vote that took place at the UN recently. The vote “left out any mention of sexual orientation from a resolution condemning the extrajudicial killing of vulnerable people worldwide” and , in fact , saw the reference removed for the first time in a decade. The motion was introduced by Benin and saw the support of most of the English Speaking Caribbean, most of Africa and nations such as Iran. Trinidad & Tobago chose to abstain rather than do the right thing.
At least the US plans to have the vote reversed.
Rice said she was “incensed” by a recent vote in a General Assembly committee that left out any mention of sexual orientation from a resolution condemning the extrajudicial killing of vulnerable people worldwide. Previous resolutions had included the mention.
The American ambassador said that the United States will sponsor a U.N. amendment to restore the reference to killings based on sexual orientation. “We’re going to stand firm on this basic principle,” she said.
Rights groups welcomed Rice’s announcement, and called on all U.N. member states to support the amendment.
“Words do have a meaning at the U.N.,” said Boris Dittrich of Human Rights Watch. “Reintroducing the reference to sexual orientation in the resolution could help put an end to the hateful killing of people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Read more at CBS News here.
I knew what was happening in Uganda and yet it never really hit home until I saw ugly reality in video in this documentary. A plan to have the death penalty for same-sex acts, penalties for speaking out on LGBT rights – the list goes on. Yet, in the face of crazed religious zealots with no room for logic there are brave souls who literally risk their lives to fight for the right to just be. Look at the influence of the American religious right. They may say one thing at home but they are promoting death abroad.
Watch this as if your life depended on it … it just might.
From Journeyman Pictures.
Prepare to get very angry. Hey! Pastor! Homosexuality is not ruining people’s lives – ignorant bigots like you are.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to use the State Department to further human rights as best she is able. There is an interesting entry on the Dept. of State Official Blog written by Mario Ortero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs about work being done to protect LGBT rights around the world. In the case of Uganda it is certainly needed . I am definitely biased as I think she is an amazing woman, but she seems to be trying a lot harder than the President.
I remember meeting with Val from Uganda, an activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, last year. Val told me about how she and others activists in her country faced possible persecution for speaking out against policies that criminalized an entire class of people based on sexual orientation. I believe that we have a duty not only to speak out against harmful policies, but also to ensure that people like Val, who are trying to exercise their basic rights as human beings, are protected from possible violence.
Val’s story is never far from my mind and is one of the reasons I met yesterday with representatives of the Council for Global Equality, a coalition of 19 human rights organizations that advocate for a stronger U.S. government voice on behalf of the equality and fair treatment of LGBT individuals in the United States and overseas. We had an open and engaging discussion of the State Department’s efforts to elevate and integrate inclusion and protection of LGBT individuals into our human rights agenda. These efforts build upon the Obama Administration’s commitment to these issues, and further Secretary Clinton’s statement that “human rights are gay rights, and gay rights are human rights.”
Read more at the official blog here.
It has been said the road to hell is paved with good intentions and I now agree. I am not American but as one of your neighbours ( neighbors to my American cousins) to the North albeit working to your South I will say you have not done well when it comes to LGBT rights. As a Hillary Clinton supporter I was still heartened when you won. I heard your acceptance speech and my heart rose.
It is a while now and , while I am happy GWB is gone and his Republicans with him, you have done very little to help discrimination against the last group in the the US that is still given second class status. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is still there because you made no real effort to rally support. DOMA still stands. What did you do? Your stand on civil unions as opposed to marriage is an affront to ever gay person. As a Canadian who can marry anyone of any gender I am shocked by your narrow minded view. I marched in my youth and the message got through to our leaders. Are you afraid of alienating someone? I would have hoped that as a person of color you would have got past that. There is no difference between discriminating against someone based on race or based on their orientation. Maybe you missed that point and decided on politics instead.
If you haven’t noticed – Canada is stronger than it ever has been. By not condemning orientation discrimination you are a weaker leader than Lyndon Johnson who forced through far more rights legislation than you have. Try harder President Obama. The world expects more from you.
P.S. I should note that I wrote the above after watching 8. the mormon proposition for the third time with friends. I was seething with anger, yet again, ( despite the wonderful company) so this entry was written from that perspective. I am leaving it up because it is a snapshot of how I was feeling at that point. I am adding this postscript so that if I ever look back at the entry I will not have one of those “WTF was I thinking” moments.