For the first time, our President is calling for global equality for gay and lesbian people. This historic statement was heard Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly. President Obama stated:
“No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.”
PFLAG National is incredibly pleased to see our President make a public statement for lesbian and gay equality at the UN Council. This bold move inspires hope for a progressive future within our country as well as the world as a whole.
Though our President’s announcement is truly progressive and exciting, we must note the omission of the rest of our LGBT community: bisexual and transgender people. Bisexual people are often underrepresented and misunderstood, disappearing into categories which don’t accurately address their unique emotional and physical needs. Violence against transgender people is globally prevalent; unequal access to medical care, torture and abuse, extreme poverty, police violence, and forced institutionalization are common around the world.
Take Action- If you have a moment, write to the President and thank him for his inclusive testimony at the United Nations Council this Wednesday, and remind him to be mindful of all of our friends and family within the LGBT community. If you would like to research international LGBT issues further, explore The Council for Global Equality, Human Rights Watch, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.