6 December 2011

Africa: Ambassador Rice On President's Initiative On LGBT Human Rights

Photo: Official White House Photo/Pete Souza
President Barack Obama.

press release

Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the President's Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, December 6, 2011

Today, President Obama directed all agencies to protect and promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons abroad.

At the United Nations, we have strongly supported efforts to codify and enshrine the promise of equality for the LGBT community, and the President's action adds yet more force to our urgent fight.

Since taking office in 2009, the Obama Administration has worked tirelessly within the UN system to advance the human rights of the world's LGBT persons. Early on, we signed the UN General Assembly's Statement on Sexual Orientation on Gender Identity.

We joined the LGBT Core Groups in Geneva and New York. We won NGO consultative status for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. We championed the first UN resolution dedicated to advancing the basic and fundamental rights of LGBT persons.

Last December, on Human Rights Day, we pledged to restore language including LGBT individuals in a resolution condemning extrajudicial killings. Within two weeks, we did so.

There is far more work to do before our LGBT friends, neighbors, parents and children live in a world free of discrimination.

Through steadfast defense of our universal values, persistent engagement with international partners, and the full force of U.S. efforts under the law, we will get there.

I look forward to continuing our work and proudly carrying out the President's directive.

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