Sec. Hillary Clinton: major speech on Int’l LGBT rights

Sec. Hillary Clinton: major speech on Int’l LGBT rights

In recognition of Human Rights Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a major human rights policy speech – speaking greatly on LGBT international rights – today at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Some quotes from the speech:

– “Like being a woman, like being a racial religious tribal or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are gay rights.”

– “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.”

– “Costs are incurred whenever any group is treated as lesser or the other whether they are women, racial or religious minorities or the LGBT.”

– “No practice or tradition trumps the human rights that belong to all of us, and this holds true for inflicting violence on LGBT people.”

– “Human rights are universal and cut across all religions and cultures.”

– “While we are each free to believe whatever we choose, we cannot DO whatever we choose, not… where we protect the human rights of all.”

– “Leadership, by definition, means being out in front of your people… standing up for the dignity of all.”

– “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.”

– “Those who advocate for expanding the circle of human rights were and are on the right side of history, and history honors them… We are called once more to make real the words of the universal declaration. Let us be on the right side of history.”