December 6, 2011

In Which I Want to Hug Secretary Clinton

Obama issued a memorandum about GLBT rights today, announcing that fair treatment for queer people is to be a major part of the US's foreign policy and human rights policy. Clinton gave an address on the topic to the United Nations, and while I haven't seen the whole thing yet, just the excerpts made me almost teary.

“Well, in reality, gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths; they are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes, and whether we know it or whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends and our neighbors.”
“To LGBT men and women worldwide: Wherever you live and whatever your circumstances… please know that you are not alone.”

What a thing to hear, coming from a world stage! Secretary Clinton pointed out that our country's own record is "far from perfect," but it still made me so happy to hear something like this being said for the whole world to hear, from us.

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