Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:42
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2012
On International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, we celebrate human diversity and rededicate ourselves to a basic but essential truth-that human rights are universal and must be protected. To our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friends and relatives around the world: the United States stands with you in your struggle against discrimination. We will continue to do everything we can, in every arena possible, to promote communities and societies in which all people can live safely and love without fear.
Since 2009, the Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps at the United Nations to fight discrimination and eliminate barriers to equality for LGBT individuals. Months ago, President Obama outlined a formal policy of international engagement to ensure that our dedication to LGBT human rights does not stop at our national borders, reflecting his belief that “no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.”
We are proud to lead by example, but the quest for human equality and dignity is not simply an American challenge. Today, we call on all nations and all peoples to join us in ensuring that human rights are universally protected.