Sec. Rex Tillerson Recognizes Pride Month: The State Department Affirms Its Solidarity With LGBT Rights

Via press release from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom.

We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence and discrimination targeting any vulnerable group undermines our collective security as well as American values. When all persons are protected on the basis of equality and with dignity, global stability is strengthened. We will continue to support the human rights of LGBTI persons together with like-minded governments, businesses, and civil society organizations globally.

The United States remains committed to human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons. Dignity and equality for all persons are among our founding constitutional principles, and these principles continue to drive U.S. diplomacy.

  • safari

    I am truly surprised, and in a good way for a change.

  • skyweaver

    So confused. Are we a homophobic nation or not? I can’t keep up

    • safari

      In many places yes, we are. But the homophobes aren’t quite as emboldened as the racists at the moment except for the trans-bathroom issue.

    • Jeffg166

      She’s my daughter and my sister. Clear now?

      • JoyZeeBoy

        Forget about it, Jeff. It’s Chinatown.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Treant

      Even Kitty Karry-All doesn’t believe that one.

      • safari

        What exactly does she carry-all?

        • Bluto

          her kitty, duh.

        • Treant

          I never could quite figure that one out. I always thought she carried Cindy’s anxiety, but probably should have made room for the silly lisp as well.

  • joeyj1220

    um… thanks?

  • shellback

    Look out, it’s a trap. Possibly. It’s hard to know what to think any more.

  • HZ81

    Great, Rex. Maybe you can slip that message to your pals in Russia. They really need to hear it.

  • Cuberly

    Toni Pumpkkkins is NOT gonna like this. He he he…

    I don’t trust anything this administration does, but the fact this is guaranteed to rile the talibanjelicals is pretty darn cool. Let me guess, they’ll blame it on Ivanka.

  • What a load of horseshit.

    • Bluto

      yeah, I’ll go with that.

  • TampaDink

    More accurately, he recognized 75% of pride month.

  • PickyPecker

    THIS JUST IN: A hot off the press photo of Tillerson’s backside as he was adding his signature to this press release.
    http://www.malima.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/mentira.jpg

    • AtticusP

      I almost didn’t open the attachment.

      I was afraid it was a picture of Tillerson’s wrinkly old ass. Yuck.

  • Halou

    But still no refugee visas for gay Chechens, because that would upset good old mister Vladimir.

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  • safari

    Part of me feels his staffers asked if they should issue a release and Rex said whatever.

    • Jonathan Smith

      more like “how can we distract from the Comey hearings?”

    • Halou

      “Yeah, do whatever. I’m only here to find out how to remove sanctions, make Putin happy, and make my company richer.”

    • david fairfield

      This issue doesn’t put money into their wallets so it is whatever to them.

  • david fairfield

    Actions. Words.
    Liars.

    • Todd20036

      What are sex, seduction, and the men who do the first two?

      • david fairfield

        Ha!

  • Kruhn

    One cheer for Rexxon? Hip, hip, who am I kidding! Thanks, but talk to your boss over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

  • david fairfield

    Paging Betsy DeVos…

    • TampaDink

      I misread that first word as Pegging. Now I need to throw up.

      • Reality.Bites

        Well at least there’s the comfort in knowing no one will fuck her with their own penis.

        • TampaDink

          There is that.

      • david fairfield

        Nnnnooooo!

        • TampaDink

          I know. I’m sorry.

  • Michael

    He’ll keep up this facade as long as Trump is in power.

  • distributorcap

    Guess who is next on Trump’s shit list?

    • TampaDink

      All of us.

    • safari

      Sarah Huckabee Sanders since she hasn’t been on his shit list yet that I know.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “The United States remains committed to human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons.”

    Oh my sides….

    https://media.giphy.com/media/f3aznQ12GobF6/giphy.gif

  • Gianni

    Isn’t he sort of treading on thin ice? Such statements directly signifying any kind of legal/or other support for gay people will surely rile up the fundies and Dickhead Donald counts on their very vocal and blessed support.

    • Sebastian

      perfect!

  • david fairfield

    As disingenuous as this is, and it is, it will be a joy to see Brian Browns head explode in 5…4…3…2…

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Talk is fucking cheap, bitch.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Well, fan me with a brick! When Exxon bought Mobil, we were kicked to the curb. So, where the hell did this come from?

    • Sebastian

      To be fair, that was the shareholders not Tillerson… he has actually been somewhat supportive of lgbt people and was one of the heads of the boy scouts when they allowed gay scouts (if I remember correctly)

      • boatboy_srq

        That says quite a lot about persons/entities holding petro stocks.

  • PickyPecker
  • boatboy_srq

    Two thoughts:

    1) Nice to know he thinks more of US residents than he did of Exxon employees;

    2) Guess he doesn’t like his job as much as he thought he would, else he wouldn’t ask to be dismissed this way. Because Pence and Sessions will want his head for this even if Lord Dampnut doesn’t.

  • The Sentinel
    • safari

      “O-face”

      • Paula

        Ewwwww! Todd must really smell like a moose.

  • david fairfield

    This won’t put a crimp in Texas’ special session to screw lgbt’s in their state.

    • JWC

      Texas operates as a rogue state Regardless of federal decree they will object

  • pj

    bet he didnt check this with president bannon.

  • Rex

    Good boy, Rex, good boy. Do you want a biscuit?

  • KnownDonorDad

    Really, the best consequence of this is how upset Tony Perkins will be.

    • Reality.Bites

      He won’t be upset at all. He can’t fundraise off an administration compliant with his wishes.

  • Tulle Christensen

    Actions speak louder than words how about letting those Chechnyan LGBTs into the country

  • whatever, dood.

  • Gigi

    Emoty words when Pence is VP.

  • CJAS

    The use of the phrase “remains committed to human rights” is an admission that the reasonable perception exists that with your administration we are no longer so committed.

  • David

    More worthless catshit from Trumplandia.

  • JT

    The criminals need some positive press. Really need it.

  • TampaZeke

    Says the very department that refuses refugee status to gay men seeking asylum from torture and murder in Chechnya, Syria and Iran.

  • Dagoril

    He should have a chat with Cünty DeVos. She apparently didn’t get the memo.

  • MBear

    LOL

    He’s only saying this for ‘allies’.
    LGBT people know this douche is hell bent on destroying us

  • MonochromeMouse

    Just like trump’s statement on the Portland terrorist attack it doesn’t count when you don’t say anything until there is national outrage over your silence.

  • There’s this old adage…I’m sure he’s heard of it back in his childhood days…something about actions speak louder than words…

  • TexasBoy

    And…Trump will seek his resignation in 5…4…3

  • Really? Then why are you slamming the doors on our Gay brothers under siege in Chechnya?

    sniff! sniff! What’s that smell… oh, wait… I know… BULLSHIT!

  • TuuxKabin
  • EqualityForAll

    The acronym keeps changing – what is LGBTI versus LGBTQ? How many different letters will be dropped and added? Gay is gay is gay. Who are all these other people??

  • -M-

    We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence and discrimination targeting any vulnerable group undermines our collective security as well as American values. When all persons are protected on the basis of equality and with dignity, global stability is strengthened.

    But we’re not going to do anything about it.

    We will continue to support the human rights of LGBTI persons together with like-minded governments, businesses, and civil society organizations globally.

    Not going to raise the issue with anti-gay, anti-trans, or otherwise repressive regimes or entities though.

    The United States remains committed to human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons. Dignity and equality for all persons are among our founding constitutional principles, and these principles continue to drive U.S. diplomacy.

    But seriously, we’re not going to do anything about it.