Post submitted by Limor Finkel, Former HRC Global Engagement Program Coordinator
In a White House first, President Obama and Vice President Biden released a statement on Saturday to honor the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
“Tomorrow, as we commemorate the 10th annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love.”
Secretary of State John Kerry joined the White House and released a statement affirming U.S. support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals across the globe.
“When our LGBT brothers and sisters are threatened anywhere, it is a threat to freedom, justice and dignity of people everywhere. The United States will continue to protect and promote the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide this day and every day. Onward.”
The Human Rights Campaign commemorated IDAHOT by releasing our inaugural publication, Equality Rising: an overview of the successes and setbacks of LGBT activists, advocates and allies around the world in 2013. This report aims to educate the American public about notable events from last year in the growing global equality movement.