The fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights does not stop in the United States; dozens of countries have horrific human rights violations based on their treatment of LGBT individuals. The United Nations is the only organization with the capacity and leadership to make significant progress toward a more equal and just world regardless of sexual orientation.
The United States has made clear that it supports the UN’s recent work on LGBT issues. In December 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a historic speech in front of the United Nations declaring it a “violation of human rights” to commit violence or discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation. Send a letter to Secretary Clinton thanking her for her strong leadership and tell her to continue fighting for LGBT individuals.
While the fight is far from over, the UN has made significant developments in its response to LGBT human rights violations in the past year. Many of these initiatives have been the direct result of strong leadership from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who has taken a strong, supportive stance on the issue. Some member countries that are more conservative have shown their distaste for the conversation by walking out of Human Rights Council meetings when the topic has been brought up.
We need Hillary Clinton to continue being a strong force and to continue engaging the UN on the topic. Show your support for LGBT rights around the world by signing this petition, thanking Secretary Hillary Clinton for her leadership and encourage her to continue talking about LGBT rights at the UN and on the world stage.
I would like to encourage you to continue fighting for LGBT rights. Now is the time to stand up against other governments that have cruel and inhumane laws against those who act upon their sexual orientation.
The United Nations is in a unique position to lead the world forward on LGBT rights, with the power to foster an open dialogue on the issue and encourage nations to stop their human rights violations.
Please help make this a top priority at the United Nations.