Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recorded a special video to celebrate Pride Month.
In the video Clinton says that she is encouraged by the progress on LGBT rights being made the world over, but warns there is still much work left to do.
Watch the video below:
And here are the Secretary of State’s remarks:
I am delighted to join you to celebrate the fundamental freedoms that all human beings deserve Ė no matter who you are or who you love. This month, and every month, we reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are equal in dignity and rights under the law.
In the United States and around the world, we see progress being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is helping to bend the arc of history. Barriers are being torn down, discriminatory laws repealed, and millions more around the world are now able live more freely and participate in the future of their communities and countries.
But there is still much more to be done. The LGBT community continues to be persecuted and attacked. Often arrested, beaten, terrorized, and even executed.
United States Embassies and Missions are working to defend the rights of LGBT people of all races, religions, and nationalities. It’s part of our comprehensive human rights policy.
From Riga, where two U.S. Ambassadors and a Deputy Assistant Secretary marched in solidarity with Baltic Pride; to Nassau, where the Embassy joined together with civil society to screen a film about LGBT issues in Caribbean societies; to Albania, where our Embassy is coordinating the first-ever regional Pride conference for diplomats and activists to discuss human rights and shared experiences. And through the Global Equality Fund that I launched last December, we have strengthened our support for civil society and programs to protect and promote human rights, because we really believe that until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone, our work is not †done.
History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination. But it only will happen if all of us work together. No matter how long the road ahead, Iím confident that we will continue to see progress and success.
So wherever you are this month, I wish you a happy Pride.
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