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08 December 2011

Praise: President Obama LGBTQ Outreach

E-mail received today:

The White House Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Good afternoon,
Earlier this week, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton articulated the first-ever U.S. Government strategy to direct all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.
These actions represent a continuation of the Obama Administration’s commitment to safety, justice, and equality for LGBT people everywhere. President Obama expressed this commitment earlier this year at the United Nations General Assembly, when he said “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.” And since January 2009, Secretary Clinton has strongly and consistently championed a comprehensive human rights agenda — one that specifically includes the protection of LGBT people.
I hope you share my excitement about these recent developments – powerful examples of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to human rights for all people – and encourage you to take a few moments to read the Presidential Memorandum and watch the Secretary’s speech .
Best regards,
Gautam Raghavan
Office of Public Engagement

The White House

If you have not watched Secretary Clinton's speech, please take the half hour to do so.  She gave an eloquent and powerful presentation of the need for human rights including LGBTQ rights.  The transcript is almost as good as the video delivery.  The President and his administration are praiseworthy.

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