Sec. Clinton delivers message for LGBT pride month

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 14:09 EDT
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Sec. Clinton delivers Pride address
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In honor of Pride month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recorded a video message about the ways in which the United States is working to ensure the rights of LGBT people both here at home and in the nation’s policies abroad. The former First Lady and U.S. Senator (D-NY) celebrated the tremendous progress that LGBTs have made around the globe in recent years, but also conceded that the world has a long way to go.

“In the United States and around the world,” Clinton said, “progress is being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is bending the arc of history. Barriers are being torn down, discriminatory laws repealed, and millions are now able to live more freely and participate in the future of their communities and countries. But there is still much more to be done. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women continue to be persecuted and attacked. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, and even executed.”

She discussed projects mounted by U.S. embassies to stage rights marches, hold rallies, sponsor film festivals and other outreach efforts in the name of educating people and raising awareness.

“We will not rest until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone,” she said, “History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination.”

Watch the video, embedded via YouTube, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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