Clinton: Meeting With 'Sex Workers' Is 'People-to-People Diplomacy at Its Best'

By Penny Starr | June 28, 2011 | 2:20pm EDT

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that State Department officials meeting with “sex workers” in the cause of protecting LGBT rights is an example of “people-to-people diplomacy at its best.”

“I want to applaud all of our diplomats and our development experts who continue to reach out to those advocating around the world in Uganda, Malawi, Russia, Turkey, China, and so many other places,” Clinton said in a speech on Monday.

“Our colleagues are meeting with human rights activists, health authorities, youth activists, sex workers, the full range of people who are involved in and working to protect LGBT people’s rights and lives,” Clinton said. “This is people-to-people diplomacy at its best.”

Mrs. Clinton made the remarks at the State Department at a celebration of LGBT Pride Month co-hosted by the department and Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), a group representing LGBT employees in the federal government’s foreign policy agencies.

At the event, Mrs. Clinton paide tribute to the work State Department personnel have done during the Obama administration to advance LGBT rights.

“So, think of the amazing work that has been done in the last year or two because it truly is a great tribute to those who have fought for these rights, for those who have sacrificed for them, and mostly for our country, because it is our country and our values that truly are being put at the forefront,” she said.

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