U.S. Will Support UN Statement on "Human Right, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"

In an official statement today, U.S. State Department affirmed that the Obama administration-led U.S. government will support the UN Statement on "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity." The UN declaration urges the decriminalization of being gay and "condemns human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity wherever they occur."

The full release can be found here.

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UN Statement on "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity"

Robert Wood

Acting Department Spokesman,  Office of the Spokesman

Bureau of Public Affairs

Washington, DC

March 18, 2009

The United States supports the UN Statement on "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity," and is pleased to join the other 66 UN member states who have declared their support of this Statement that condemns human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity wherever they occur.

The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world. As such, we join with the other supporters of this Statement and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora.

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Several LGBT and progressive blogs have also picked up the story including Good As YouThe Huffington Post, The Hollywood Liberal, Joe.My.God, Queerty, and Towleroad.

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