Tag Archives: State Department

LAOS: US Embassy Supports Nation’s First-Ever LGBT Pride Celebration

Laos has held its first-ever LGBT Pride event with the support of the U.S. Embassy. More than 100 people attended the event, which took place on the sports field of the U.S. Embassy. The guests of honor were U.S. Ambassador Karen Stewart and Dr. Bounpheng Philavong, Director of the Center for HIV/AIDS/STI (CHAS) at the Lao Ministry of Health. During ...

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US Embassy Float At Berlin Pride

Via JMG reader Adam. See his Flickr account.

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Quote Of The Day – Yahya Jammeh

“If you are to give us aid for men and men or for women and women to marry, leave it; we don’t need your aid because, as long as I am the President of The Gambia, you will never see that happen in this country. One thing we will never compromise, for whatever reason, is the integrity of our culture, ...

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Christian Leaders Denounce Attempts To Decriminalize Homosexuality Abroad

And now we return to the Christian message we’re more accustomed to: Dirty queers belong in jail or hanging from the gallows.

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Madame Secretary Parties Down

Good for her.

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Hillary Meets Her Text Meme Creators

The guys behind Texts From Hillary didn’t believe it was really the State Department on the phone. But it was. “It was sort of unbelievable. Her staff had emailed us yesterday, said that they liked the site and that the Secretary wanted to meet us. They asked if we could come over to the State Department, and we of course ...

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State Department Concerned By Liberia

Last week Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who last year was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, refused to consider decriminalizing homosexuality. The U.S. State Department said yesterday that it is troubled by Sirleaf’s position. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. stood by its policy of aggressively promoting gay rights. But asked about Sirleaf’s statements, just two months after ...

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U.S. Pulls Out Of Syria

As civil unrest intensifies, the United States has closed its Syrian embassy and ordered diplomats to leave the country. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said President Bashar al-Assad has chosen a “dangerous path” in dealing with the 11-month-old uprising, adding that the United States remains “gravely concerned over the escalation of violence.” On Saturday, Russia and China vetoed a ...

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GetEQUAL Vs. Hillary Clinton

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VIDEO: Sec. Hillary Clinton’s Historic United Nations Speech On LGBT Rights

You won’t regret making the time to watch every minute of this historic speech in support of LGBT rights. Our enemies will surely make this the centerpiece of every bit of vitriol they spew for the next eleven months.

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President Obama Issues Agency Directive To Promote International LGBT Rights

President Obama today issued an unprecedented directive that federal agencies should work to promote and protect LGBT rights in foreign countries. The Human Rights Campaign reacts: The presidential memorandum is the first ever U.S. government strategy to deal with human rights abuses against LGBT people abroad. It directs all government agencies that engage in foreign affairs to promote LGBT human ...

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Russia Denounces U.S. For Criticism Of St. Petersburg’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

A spokesman for the Russian government has denounced the U.S. State Department for a statement made in opposition to St. Petersburg’s pending ban on all LGBT-related media and speech. “We view with bewilderment the American side’s attempts to interfere, what’s more, publicly, in the lawmaking process,” foreign ministry representative for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, told the Interfax news agency. He ...

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State Dept: Get Out Of Syria

The U.S. State Department has issued a warning which urges all Americans to evacuate Syria immediately. Those who must remain in Syria should limit all non- essential travel within the country, the department said. The warning also advised U.S. citizens to defer all travel plans to Syria. The State Department said several Syrian cities, including the capital, Damascus, have been ...

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State Dept Condemns Moscow Arrests

The U.S. State Department has issued a letter condemning the arrests of gay activists in Moscow over the weekend. STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON Concern about Freedom of Assembly in Russia We note with concern that in Moscow on Saturday, May 28, a peaceable demonstration of Russians advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians, joined by international supporters, ...

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Hillary Clinton Issues Statement Supporting International Day Against Homophobia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has issued a statement supporting today’s International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Via press release: In every part of the world, men and women are persecuted and attacked because of who they are or whom they love. Homophobia, transphobia and the brutal hostility associated with them are often rooted in a lack of understanding of what ...

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Hillary Clinton: War On Terror Goes On

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Press Release Of The Day

Here’s an excerpt from the U.S. State Department’s press release on yesterday’s historic United Nations resolution. A total of 85 nations have signed on the Obama administration’s call to battle for LGBT rights around the world. 20 countries joined this statement that were neither signatory to the 2006 or 2008 statements. The statement garnered support from every region of the ...

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Clinton Amends Passport Change

Last December the State Department announced that passport applications would begin using the terms “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” rather than “mother” and “father.” But predictably, anti-gay and Christianist groups have been screaming their heads off and today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered an amending of the planned change. The State Department said Saturday that Clinton had instructed the ...

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Hillary Clinton On LGBT Pride Month

Here’s the full video to accompany the text excerpt from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech that I posted yesterday. It’s pretty great.

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Hillary’s Deputy Eric Schwartz On Improving LGBT Asylum Requests

U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Eric Schwartz, spoke today about the State Department’s attempts to improve the handling of asylum requests by LGBT refugees. Schwartz was speaking at the State Department’s LGBT Pride Month reception and this video was posted to their official YouTube channel. RELATED: Good As You has Secretary Clinton’s Pride Month ...

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