Towards zero tolerance for international LGBT discrimination

March 23, 2011 at 6:04 am 40 comments

By Adam Bink

This good piece of news dropped into my inbox late last night:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2011

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ending Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

President Obama believes that advancing the human rights of minorities and the marginalized is a fundamental American value. The President was pleased to announce during his trip to Brazil that he and President Rousseff agreed to promote respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through the establishment of a special rapporteur on LGBT issues at the Organization of American States. This special rapporteur will be the first of its kind in the international system.

Over the past months our diplomats have been engaged in frank, and at times difficult, conversations about the human rights of LGBT persons with governments from around world. This morning, at the United Nations Human Rights Council, some 85 countries joined the United States in reaffirming our joint commitment to end acts of violence and human rights abuses on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The President is proud of the work we have done to build international consensus on this critical issue and is committed to continuing our determined efforts to advance the human rights of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

It’s not clear what this will do, but what I want to know is what it will mean in terms of going after “kill the gays” bills in the Ugandas of the world. I notice that the world will not stand for Gaddafi attacking his own people. I would like to get to a place where “kill the gays” is considered a nouveau form of ethnic cleansing that the international community will not stand for.

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40 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sagesse  |  March 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

    To read later.

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    • 2. Straight for Equality  |  March 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

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    • 3. Kathleen  |  March 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

      same

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      • 4. JonT  |  March 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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  • 5. Ed Cortes  |  March 23, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Is this yet another “Do as I say, not as I do” effort by the US?

    and scribin’

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    • 6. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 23, 2011 at 6:37 am

      that occurred to me as well… About Gaddafi, when will the world wake up and see the atrocities done against gays right here in the U.S. by passing laws like Prop8 are equally inhumane…where is the no-fly zone to prevent BB’s of the world from spreading lies and hate?

      Totally OT: An Aids awareness champion dies….RIP dear Elizabeth Taylor….. ::sigh::
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/screen-legend-elizabeth-taylor-dies-at-age-79/2010/09/21/ABPFCYIB_story.html?wpisrc=nl_natlalert

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      • 7. Straight for Equality  |  March 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

        Elizabeth Taylor will be immortal through her films. Although her turbulent life has ended, she will not be forgotten.

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    • 8. Sagesse  |  March 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      You have to admit, it’s a little odd. “…our joint commitment to end acts of violence and human rights abuses on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” Is there a bright line between ‘violence and human rights abuses’ and plain old garden variety government-sponsored discrimination?

      I understand that as head of state, Obama supports human rights protections for LGBT people (stopping somewhere short of marriage equality), even though his own government advances and defends anti-equality laws. He doesn’t control Congress, but he can make a statement of principle.

      Well, it is odd.

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  • 9. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

    And to achieve that goal of ending the genocide against LGBT people will take all of us working together and speaking out against it. And we can never let up on this.

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  • 10. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Another OT. More reasons not to eat at Chick-fil-A

    http://equalitymatters.org/blog/201103220005

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  • 11. Menergy  |  March 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Check out Tony Perkins’ latest tirade from the FRC, as posted on Joe.My.God:

    “While American forces bomb away at Libya, the Obama administration is launching another global offensive: Operation International Tolerance. As he looks on from South America, the President put troops on the ground today for a meeting of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, where his diplomats plan to strong-arm other countries into embracing homosexuality. In a major U-turn from the Bush years, the Obama administration is actually initiating an ‘anti-discrimination’ resolution to force acceptance of the world’s gays and lesbians. As recently as 2008, the United States refused to sign a similar declaration because President Bush thought it conflicted with the states’ rights to pass things like marriage amendments. [snip]

    “Obviously, FRC believes that homosexuals and transgenders shouldn’t be subjected to violence. But this resolution goes well beyond that to endorsing a behavior that dozens of member nations oppose. No binding document of international law has ever recognized a universal ‘human right’ to engage in sex with a person of the same gender. And although even the U.N. admits that ‘resolutions’ like this one ‘aren’t legally binding,’ they do help to create a legal norm. We’ve seen this similar approach with respect to abortion, where countries like the U.S. have tried to insinuate a ‘right’ under international law where there is none. Our global neighbors have the freedom to believe that homosexuality is wrong–just as they have the freedom to legislate against any behavior they think is harmful to society. That freedom–and their very sovereignty–would be threatened by this effort.” – The Family Research Council, an SPLC-certified hate group.”

    Shriller and shriller as they lose ground in the light of day….

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    • 12. Menergy  |  March 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

      And where is the outcry from FRC to the “kill gays” in Uganda, the Iranian beheadings/killings of gay men, and so on in its’ “obviously FRC believes that homosexuals and transgenders shouldn’t be subjected to violence, BUT….”

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      • 13. Rhie  |  March 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

        Of course they wouldn’t speak against the kill the gays bill. They helped get it online in the first place.

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    • 14. Ronnie  |  March 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

      So by speaking out against this resolution, Tony Perkins & the FRC are condoning the murder of LGBT people in other countries…..that is what this resolution seeks to stop….It doesn’t matter what those soulless, inhuman Fascists say in the 1st sentence, speaking out against this resolution is support for murder….good job FRC, you just aligned yourselves with people who want to murder….good job, your parents raised you so well….NOT!!!!!!….FAIL!!!!…. >I …Ronnie

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      • 15. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

        !!

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    • 16. BradK  |  March 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Come on folks, give Tony a break. It’s one thing to claw your way to the top (er, bottom) and become an officially recognized hate group, it’s quite another to maintain that hate and vitriol day after day. This has to wear on the poor sociopath.

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      • 17. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

        Yes, but Tony could make it so much easier on himself if he would just go ahead and come out of the closet and live an honest life, complete with making amends for the harm he has so virulently championed.

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    • 18. Felyx  |  March 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

      The ‘shrill’ screeching and the ‘light of day’ comment reminds me of the movie Gremlins…. I bet they all looked like cute and innocent mogwai when they were little.

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    • 19. AnonyGrl  |  March 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

      “While American forces bomb away at Libya…”

      Which the FRC would support TOTALLY if it had been BUSH ordering the bombs…

      “the Obama administration is launching another global offensive: Operation International Tolerance…”

      Because, as we all know, Tolerance is offensive.

      “As he looks on from South America, the President put troops on the ground today for a meeting of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, where his diplomats plan to strong-arm other countries into embracing homosexuality.”

      No, you idiot. You make it sound as if Obama will send in troops to make sure that everyone has sex with someone of their own gender. Stupid. What he WILL do is ask that HOMOSEXUALS no longer be PERSECUTED.

      HUGE difference.

      “In a major U-turn from the Bush years…”

      Ummmm… yippee? This is praising with faint damnation, Mr. Perkins.

      “the Obama administration is actually initiating an ‘anti-discrimination’ resolution to force acceptance of the world’s gays and lesbians.”

      And LORD knows we can’t have anything that is “anti-discrimination” (so we will put it in scare quotes!)

      “Obviously, FRC believes that homosexuals and transgenders shouldn’t be subjected to violence…”

      Rreally?? OBVIOUS??? I am sorry, but no, not at ALL obvious. In fact, were you to stand up and say “GO UGANDA! GO!” we would not be shocked or surprised in the slightest. Perhaps you need to work on being a little MORE obvious on this point, because you are failing, miserably at it.

      “But this resolution goes well beyond that to endorsing a behavior that dozens of member nations oppose….”

      Just as resolutions about women’s rights and not using child labor should be ignored, I suppose?

      “Our global neighbors have the freedom to believe that homosexuality is wrong–just as they have the freedom to legislate against any behavior they think is harmful to society.”

      Oops… remember that bit about “GO UGANGA! GO!” and the whole “obvious” business? You just blew it. BIG TIME.

      That freedom–and their very sovereignty–would be threatened by this effort.”

      But on the other hand, a group of people currently threatened with DEATH for the simple sin of BEING BORN would be less likely to be slaughtered. But we can’t have THAT, can we?

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      • 20. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

        !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 21. Rhie  |  March 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        Actually, the GOP IS opposed to women’s rights. Did you see the godawful legislation that redefines rape and makes miscarriage a crime in an effort to subvert women’s sovereignty over their reproductive system?

        The GOp is also opposed to child labor laws. Senator Lee of Utah went on record saying so.

        http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/17/gop-senator-calls-federal-laws-child-labor-unconstitutional/

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    • 22. JonT  |  March 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Man that guy (TP) is so full of hate.

      He whines incessantly about being called a ‘hater’, yet his every diatribe drips with it.

      The world would be such a better place without people like him.

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  • 23. Ronnie  |  March 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Subscribing…….<3…Ronnie

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  • 24. Ronnie  |  March 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Lebanese Gay Rights Activists Call for Legal Reform

    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/Lebanese-Gay-Rights-Activists-Call-for-Legal-Reform-118386304.html

    “Slowly the country is growing more tolerant, he adds, but for now, when he has a problem, he has to protect himself.”

    Interesting article…..Good luck to our brothers & sisters in Lebanon & stay strong……<3…Ronnie

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  • 25. Bob  |  March 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hurray for president Obama,,,, for taking this stand,,, I believe he is the first U.S. prsident to ever do so,,,,

    as I said before sexual orientation and gender identity, were added to the human rights protection in the United Nations, by the U.S. as late as last Dec, 2010,,,, it’s more like the U.S. has just joined the other 85 countries,,, not the other way around…

    nonetheless, this is a huge admission for the President, this stand he has publicly taken, for his country,,, so glad he is entering these discussions,, and sees the value of makeing this declaration,, with the United Nations,,,,, especially considering his respect for the U.N.

    perhaps now there can be some pressure applied from the U.N. to the U.S. regarding human rights for LGBT folks,,,

    I think it’s a clear indication from Obama that he wants to see the end of discrimination toward LGBT people in America,,,, that’s huge,,, he has joined this fight for human rights,, with the power of the U.N. bringing them in as allies,,,,, who can apply pressure to the present imabalance of power in favour of Republicans, and , religious right….

    again he has taken an action that indicates clearly his stand , during his term he has joined the other 85 counttries,

    I think he has made a solid move toward erecting the no fly zone for hatred towards LGBT people in the U.S.

    his signal is loud and clear,,,, he has declared war internally on discrimiation in his own country,,, believe him!!!

    and again, yes it does include the Uganda’s of the world,,, and Rainbow People in the 85 countries that signed on will continue to work towards that goal,,,, but don’t forget to put on your own oxygen mask first,,,, and use this added tool to end discrimination in America…..

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    • 26. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 23, 2011 at 11:42 am

      I agree with your insights!

      I think it’s a clear indication from Obama that he wants to see the end of discrimination toward LGBT people in America,,,, that’s huge

      his signal is loud and clear,,,, he has declared war internally on discrimiation in his own country,,, believe him!!!

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  • 27. nightshayde  |  March 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

    OK – just had to laugh.

    I regularly e-mail (and sometimes call) my Congressional Rep about various issues. He’s a hard-core right-wing sexist/heterosexist jerk, so I know my pleas to him won’t do any good (even if I get pleasure out of pestering him).

    He is good about responding, even if his replies are never what I want to hear. I always get the feeling that the responses are individually-written rather than some sort of form letter reply.

    His latest response to me was automatically routed to my spam folder. LOL!

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    • 28. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  March 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

      : D !

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  • 29. Phillip R  |  March 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been trying to find a news article about this on CNN, etc but haven’t had any luck. :/

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  • 31. Maggie4NoH8  |  March 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    In 20 years, I think we will look back at the Obama administration/legacy and realize he is/was the most adept politician of modern times (even though I get frustrated with him NOW).

    I’ve made comments before regarding his methodology for changing things – more covert than overt, more effective than placative (is that even a word?? LOL), infinitely more nuanced, rational, deliberative, evolved, mature, humble (should I go on?) than Bush’s administration…

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    • 32. AnonyGrl  |  March 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Placative IS a word, and a good one, and it means what you seem to be thinking it means.

      Well done!

      (I am a lexophile at heart)

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      • 33. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        Oy! Remind me never to tanlge with you in a game of Scrabble!

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  • 34. Maggie4NoH8  |  March 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    OT… BUT:

    http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2011/03/apple-removes-exodus-anti-lgbt-iphone-app/

    SO glad I have an iPhone!

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    • 35. AnonyGrl  |  March 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      HOT diggety!! Good for Apple. One more check mark in the “Reasons for Being a Loyal Apple Customer” column for me!!

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  • 36. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Kathleen can probably provide better insight on this, but I just got a notification that the motion to lift the stay was denied.

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    • 37. AnonyGrl  |  March 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      I got it too. Tremendously sad, but I think probably not unexpected.

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  • 38. Fluffyskunk  |  March 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I’ll believe Obama when he unequivocally expresses his own zero tolerance for DOMA (no, he hasn’t!) and state marriage amendments, and his support for ENDA with transgender provisions included.

    And then follows through with it.

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  • 39. AnonyGrl  |  March 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I felt this bore restating….

    Tony Perkins says:

    “Obviously, FRC believes that homosexuals and transgenders shouldn’t be subjected to violence…

    But ….

    Our global neighbors have the freedom to believe that homosexuality is wrong–just as they have the freedom to legislate against any behavior they think is harmful to society.”

    So where exactly is it obvious that FRC believes that violence (or death) is wrong?

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  • 40. Rhie  |  March 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Whoohoo

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