New York, NY, December 6, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded a landmark speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the United Nations in Geneva and a directive from President Barack Obama focused on protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights abroad. The President called on US agencies to fight the criminalization of LGBT status, to respond to incidents of abuse, and to direct US assistance to help promote respect for LGBT rights.
Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We salute President Obama and Secretary Clinton for making LGBT rights and the fight for fair treatment and dignity for all groups a core part of American foreign policy. Today's action is a model for how governments can use their bully pulpit to signal that fair treatment of LGBT people is a vital concern and part of a moral duty to honor the common humanity of all people.
As a community that experienced first-hand the indifference of a world that viewed the rights of Jews as less worthy, we know that it can make a difference when governments apply the force of their leadership and their diplomatic tools to protect individuals seen as different or marginal by society.
ADL has led efforts to advance equality for LGBT Americans and has called on policymakers to speak out against the growing criminalization of and violence toward LGBT people around the world, including in Uganda. ADL promotes policy recommendations on how the U.S. can more effectively address bullying and provide resources, including model statutes and policies for schools. The League also provides online materials that aim to help educators integrate LGBT history, people, and issues into their curriculum and engage students in projects that inspire a lifelong commitment to activism against hatred and inhumanity.