Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy Pride from the Best. Boss. Ever!

Another great video from a great boss. And it has a nice shout out to two Ambassadors who marched in Baltic Pride in Riga...that would be my boss, Ambassador Michael Polt, and U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Judy Garber. Yeah, I love my job!


I am honored to join you to celebrate the fundamental freedoms that all human beings deserve – no matter who they are or whom they love. This month, and every month, we proudly reaffirm our commitment to making sure that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

In the United States and around the world, progress is being made. The tireless advocacy of generations is bending the arc of history. Barriers are being torn down, discriminatory laws repealed, and millions are now able to live more freely and participate in the future of their communities and countries.

But there is still much more to be done. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender men and women continue to be persecuted and attacked. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, and even executed.

United States Embassies and Missions throughout the world are working to defend the rights of LGBT people of all races, religions, and nationalities as part of our comprehensive human rights policy and as a priority of our foreign 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.

We will not rest until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone. History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination. But it requires a concerted effort from all of us. No matter how long the road ahead, I’m confident that we will travel it successfully together.

Wherever you are celebrating this month, I wish you a happy Pride.


Anonymous said...

I have been silently enjoying your blog, and others it led me to, for several years as I considered becoming a 'trailing spouse' (they really need to relabel that role). Although life has taken me down a different path, I was encouraged and inspired by your writing. Thank you.

I'm sure you already have or will discover this without my help, but in your role as an out representative of the United States I wanted to share a blog post with you written by a gay member of the LDS church. In my opinion, an inspiring and though-provoking American story.


Thanks again for all your work, both on this blog and in service to our country!

Digger said...

Thanks for the kind words.

I hadn't seen this (I'm going to go look at it after I type this), but I will say that a member of my A-100 class is a gay mormom who has been with his husband nearly as long as I have been with my wife. He is one of my good friends from the service.