President orders Federal Agencies to Protect Human Rights Worldwide

In a groundbreaking move leading up to International Human Rights Day, President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies ‘to protect the human rights” worldwide of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Steve Rothaus over at South Gay Florida reports that,”The president directed all federal agencies “engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.”

“I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world — whether it is passing laws that criminalize LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women, and children for their perceived sexual orientation,” Obama said.

“To LGBT men and women worldwide, let me say this: Wherever you live and whatever the circumstances of your life whether you are connected to a network of support or feel isolated and vulnerable, please know that you are not alone,” Clinton said. “People around the globe are working hard to support you and to bring an end to the injustices and dangers you face. That is certainly true for my country and you have an ally in the United States of America and you have millions of friends among the American people.”

Some point out, however, that the memorandum and speech comes one day after the white house refused to comment on a potential executive order that would prohibit federal dollars from going to U.S. companies that don’t have non-discrimination protections here at home.

International Human Rights Day is Saturday December 10th.

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