U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice delivered a video message Friday on the International Day Against Homophobia.
She says the State Department is working on behalf of LGBT people overseas to ensure “everyone – especially LGBT youth – can live safely and without fear regardless of who they are or whom they love.”
Her full message follows:
Today, as we commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, we rededicate ourselves to a basic but essential truth – that human rights are universal and must be protected for all. Homophobia, sadly, is present in every corner of our world. And, it is a problem we continue to face here in the United States.
At the United Nations, the United States is standing up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and fighting to ensure that their voices are heard and protected. The United States was proud to co-sponsor and adopt an historic resolution at the UN Human Rights Council condemning human rights abuses and violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
We will continue to work in every possible arena to protect communities and promote societies in which everyone – especially LGBT youth – can live safely and without fear regardless of who they are or whom they love. We call on all nations and all peoples to join us in ensuring that human rights are universally protected everywhere every day.
“Conservative Icon” Ann Coulter manages to insult the gay community in every possible way: by conflating gays with AIDS, by implying AIDS is a guaranteed result of sodomy, and by saying that gay bars should be shut down as a result. What does this have to do with Big Gulps and hiding cigaretts from view?
Last week, an unruly group of opponents to a proposed same-sex marriage law in France became so out of hand, police used pepper-spray to regain control. Despite protests, the nation is expected to enact gay marriage this year.