Yesterday afternoon in Geneva, Switzerland, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made a memorable speech that I personally hope has a major impact on the future of gay rights across the world. Recognizing that America’s own record on LGBT equality is “far from perfect,” she called on nations around the world to recognize that “gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.” Such a profound statement. Here are a few highlights from the speech:
- “Some believe homosexuality is a Western phenomenon… but gay people belong to every society in the world… Being gay is not a Western invention, it is a human reality.”
- “It should never be a crime to be gay.”
- “To LGBT men and women worldwide: Wherever you live and whatever your circumstances… please know that you are not alone.”
- “Our commitment to protect the freedom of religion and defend LGBT people come from a common source… Human rights are universal and cut across all religions and cultures.”
Along with the speech, Clinton announced that the administration is launching a $3 million global equality fund to support the work of civil society organizations working on these issues around the world. The fund will help human rights groups “record facts so they can target their advocacy, learn how to use the law as a tool, manage their budgets, train their staffs and forge partnerships with women’s organizations and other Human Rights groups.”
For more on this story and Hillary’s full transcript, visit Think Progress.