White House Affirms Commitment to LGBT Equality at Home & Abroad
December 14, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Yesterday the White House reaffirmed its commitment to the advancement of LGBT rights around the world.
Just one year ago, President Obama issued the first Presidential Memorandum to advance and protect the human rights of LGBT individuals, who face violence and discrimination around the world.
Over the last year, the Administration has strengthened U.S. government capacity, leveraged U.S. foreign assistance to protect LGBT people from violence and discrimination and respond to urgent crisis, worked to protect LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, advanced international norms through multilateral engagement, and promoted nondiscrimination and combating criminalization of LGBT status.
“We all have a stake in this: when laws such as those proposed in Uganda strip away the right to life, privacy and freedom of expression and association for the LGBT community, everyone’s fundamental freedoms are threatened,” said Samantha Power on the White House blog.
Read more about the Administration's work to advance equality for LGBT individuals abroad on the White House Blog.
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