Clinton, Obama issue pride proclamation for June

posted on Thu, Jun 4 2009 7:00 am by Family Equality Council

On June 1st, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued remarks in support of LGBT rights and in honor of the beginning of LGBT Pride Month.

Sec. Clinton begins her remarks by recognizing the history and hardships of the LGBT movement for equality. She goes on to express the gratitude of the State Department and throughout the Administration for the LGBT employees in Washington and all around the world. She recognizes the sacrifices and global contributions of the LGBT community and their families.

She calls for the end of persecution against LGBT people, calling it a “violation of human rights and an affront to human decency.” She proposes a comprehensive human rights agenda that would end the discrimination and violence against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sec. Clinton ends her remarks by saying that the road before us is long but that the examples of those who fight for equal rights gives us hope for a future in which people are allowed to live in freedom and safety, “no matter who they are or whom they love.”

President Obama has also made similar statements in his proclamation declaring June to be officially LGBT Pride Month. He reminds us of his appointments of openly LGBT people in the Administration and the Senate, his efforts with the United Nations to “decriminalize homosexuality”, his work towards ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and then commends the LGBT community for its work against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. And while this is only the second time the month has been endorsed by a President of the United States (the first being President Clinton).

As we continue working to ensure that federal, state and local governments fully recognize our families, it's encouraging to know that our top officials are public supporters of equality.