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Obama Administration Issues Landmark Roadmap for LGBT Human Rights Abuses

HRC Logo FlagPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The Obama administration today issued the first-ever U.S. government strategy to tackle international LGBT human rights abuses. The strategy directs all government agencies engaging in foreign affairs to promote LGBT human rights globally – including decriminalization of LGBT people and humane treatment of LGBT refugees and those seeking asylum, among other things.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to speak on the issue shortly from Geneva, where she is making remarks in recognition of Human Rights Day - celebrated on December 10. Watch Secretary Clinton’s remarks live.

HRC President Joe Solmonese met with Secretary Clinton earlier today, as well as other LGBT rights and human rights leaders from across the globe. Solmonese said of the Obama administration’s new strategy:

“As Americans, we understand that no one should be made a criminal or subject to violence or even death because of who they are, no matter where they live. Today’s actions by President Obama make clear that the United States will not turn a blind eye when governments commit or allow abuses to the human rights of LGBT people.”

Read the full memorandum from President Obama.

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