Hillary Clinton produces video in support of gay rights

The U.S. State Department has produced a video in which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is appealing for recognition and support of gay rights.

The Video, http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/video/2011/12/20111219142526aerdna0.5667492.html#axzz1hX5PibOE  is also available on the USA embassy website in Lusaka

The text by Clinton in the video are reproduced below:

I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Human beings born free and given bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time. Some seem to believe it is a Western phenomenon, and, therefore, people outside the West have grounds to reject it.
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. Being gay is not a Western invention.
It is a human reality .Now we must go further, and work here and in every region of the world to galvanize more support for the human rights of the LGBT community. To the leaders of those countries where people are jailed, beaten, or executed for being gay, I ask you to consider this:
Leadership, by definition, means being out in front of your people when it is called for .It means standing up for the dignity of all your citizens and persuading your people to do the
same. Be on the right side of history. Stand with us.

 

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