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December 06, 2011

Obama administration takes action on global gay rights

The White House today issued a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on "International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons." Also, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has delivered a resoundingly pro-gay Human Rights Day speech in Geneva. I'll post links and video when they're available.

The Blade reports here. Metro Weekly reports here and here. The Twitter hashtag is #Dignity4All.

Here's a link: White House Fact Sheet: Working to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons Globally.

NYT reports.

Update: The full text of Secretary Clinton's speech is here.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry today said, "Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America's interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers' money." This pathetically small response to such a large statement by our nation's top diplomat demonstrates what is at stake in the 2012 election.

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Not being put in jail or killed by your government for being gay is not a special right. It is one that most people take for granted. Hopefully Rick Perry will be eliminated from the race soon so he can go back to Texas and crawl back under whatever rock he lived under.

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