Thursday, Dec 12, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, April 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 16
State Dept. announces LGBT rights program
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
State Dept. announces LGBT rights program

Initiative will promote equality throughout the Western Hemisphere

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The U.S. State Department announced on April 12 that it is initiating a regional program to protect LGBT rights in the Western Hemisphere.

'Secretary of State John Kerry has committed to advancing the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals as a central part of our human rights engagement,' the State Department said in a statement posted on its website.

'Taking into account the Secretary's commitment as well as the Presidential Memorandum issued December 6, 2011, that directs all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs has developed a regional strategy that strives to eliminate violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.'

'YOU HAVE AN ALLY'
The program builds on policy initiatives taken up under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In an historic speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in December 2011, in Geneva, Clinton highlighted America's interest in LGBT rights.

'To LGBT men and women worldwide, let me say this,' she declared. 'You have an ally in the United States of America, and you have millions of friends among the American people.'

Clinton also launched a $3 million fund for advocacy and support services in countries where LGBT people might be at risk for human rights violations.

'There have been results already,' said Daniel Baer, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. 'We're pleased with the progress we've made.'

The Obama administration also reversed longstanding State Department policy by extending benefits and services to the partners of Gay and Lesbian employees.

'I think the State Department has resolved its conscience about Gay employees,' said James Hormel, an openly Gay philanthropist, activist, and former U.S. ambassador to Luxemburg. 'They've done a very dramatic turnaround.'

EXPANDED OUTREACH
According to the State Department, its latest initiative will 'expand public outreach and awareness of LGBT issues, create and leverage existing partnerships and programs, collaborate with multilateral partners, and engage directly with host country governments.'

In addition to working directly with other governments in the Western Hemisphere, the department said the U.S. will also engage the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Unit on the Rights of LGBTI Persons, of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The State Department also said it would participate in regular consultations with the diplomatic community in Washington, D.C., about ways to improve respect for the human rights of LGBT persons in the region.

Although U.S. diplomatic personnel already maintain regular contacts with LGBT organizations and activists in other countries, the State Department said it would work with Western Hemisphere media outlets and would also facilitate 'LGBT roundtables and Web chats with civil society, academia, representatives from U.S. embassies, partner countries, and multilateral organizations.'

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Tragedy, up close and personal
------------------------------
State Dept. announces LGBT rights program
------------------------------
The anti-Gay florist saga continues - ACLU files discrimination suit on behalf of Gay couple
------------------------------
Loose Keyes - Obama's arch-nemesis tries to Gay-bash his way back into relevancy
------------------------------

------------------------------
Hungry for a better world? - Dine out on April 25 to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance
------------------------------
Beyond 'allyship' - The White Privilege Conference teaches the real meaning of solidarity
------------------------------
Making change and looking fabulous
------------------------------
'I've always been open' - The WNBA's top draft pick discloses she is Lesbian
------------------------------
The OutField: Let's GO! - LGBT athletes' support group fields an all-star team
------------------------------
Irish government panel supports marriage equality
------------------------------
Getting tough with Guyana - State Dept. pushes recalcitrant country on LGBT rights
------------------------------
New pope pledges 'reform' at Vatican - But his choice of advisors does not augur well for change
------------------------------
Ask Michael: The dark side of the Web
------------------------------
Should Seattle's Gay men be worried about meningitis?
------------------------------
Cocktail Chatter: The Caipirinha
------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News