Obama, Clinton Call on World to End LGBT Discrimination

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people during the International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva on December 6, 2011. (J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

In a possibly historic move, the Obama administration announced its dedication to promoting LGBT rights around the world. In a memorandum from the president, and a speech from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the administration equated LGBT rights with human right, vowing to spend $3 million to finance LGBT rights organizations. "In reality, gay people are born into — and belong to — every society in the world," Clinton said to an audience of representatives of 47 nations, who gave her a standing ovation. (Watch the speech after the jump.)

Imogen Foulkes, BBC correspondent in Geneva, discusses what the initiative may mean, and how it played to an international audience.

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