Lesbian.com, June 13, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored LGBT Pride Month and addressed the effort to advance equal rights in a video released Tuesday.
“I am honored to join you to celebrate the fundamental freedoms that all human beings deserve—no matter who they are or whom they love,” she stated. “This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”
Clinton’s address also acknowledged the progress being made to advance the cause of LGBT rights, but noted that the fight is far from over.
“We will not rest until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone,” Clinton imparted. “History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination. But it requires a concerted effort from all of us. No matter how long the road ahead, I’m confident that we will travel it successfully together.”
Clinton has been a strong ally for the LGBT community and has delivered statements or remarks to celebrate Pride Month for the last three years. Last year, she also delivered a speech in Geneva in observance of Human Rights Day in which she notably affirmed that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
The full text of Clinton’s statement is available at the Department of State website.