Kerry: 'In Africa, Asia, Europe, and Americas, Our Diplomats Are Assisting Local LGBT Organizations'

June 8, 2013 - 9:46 PM

 

John Kerry, Hamid Karzai

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry enjoys a joke with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Asfhaq Parvez Kayani in Brussels, Belgium on April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNSNews.com) - In a video recorded message released on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that U.S. diplomats in every corner of the globe are working to help local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations. Advancing the LGBT cause, Kerry said, is "central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights."

"I wanted to take a moment to join people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month," Kerry said.

"Across the globe, in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas our diplomats are assisting local LGBT organizations and supporting local human rights advocates working to promote equality, create dialogue, and ensure protections for LGBT individuals."

Kerry indicated that this support extended to U.S. financial aid. "Through the Global Equality Fund, the State Department has already provided critical emergency and long-term assistance to promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons in over twenty-five countries," said Kerry. "And our support will continue to grow, in cooperation with other equality-minded governments, foundations and corporations."

"As President Obama said, 'the struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States’ commitment to promoting human rights,'" Kerry noted. "LGBT persons must be free to exercise their human rights--including freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and freedom of assembly and association--without fear of reprisal."

"I wish you all a Happy Pride month," Kerry said.