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"Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."

1:30 am - 12/07/2011


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US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton addresses the UN in recognition of International Human Rights Day. It's 30 minutes long but honestly a very powerful speech. It recognizes a lot of difficulties with regard to international queer and trans rights, such as the idea that being queer or trans is a Western (read:white) invention, as well as deeply held religious and cultural beliefs. She also addresses the fact that the US doesn't at all have the best history on queer and trans issues. I'm usually a Debbie Downer about this stuff but it's just such an inspiring thing to hear from someone with so much political clout.

My only real issue with this is that past a few token mentions of trans rights this is very much focused on queer rights. I hope that there is much more talk about trans rights and gender identity in the future.
hilsongirl 7th-Dec-2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
i am not a big fan of the US policing the world, specially when it's a case of "do as i say not as i do".

nikoel 7th-Dec-2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
This.
snh_snh_snh 7th-Dec-2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
I agree with them general sentiment, but she does acknowledge in her speech that the US has a long way to go on this issue as well. I don't think the US should avoid stating their own view and encouraging others to stand up for human rights just because they don't have a perfect record themselves.
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