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Secretary Clinton: “Gay Rights Are Human Rights”

19 December 2011

This video was produced by the U.S. State Department in December 2011. It features Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

[TEXT: Equal Rights]
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I am talking about gay, lesbian,

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bisexual and transgender
people.

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Human beings born free

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and given bestowed equality and
dignity,

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who have a right to claim that,

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which is now one of the
remaining

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human rights challenges of our
time.

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Some seem to believe it is a
Western phenomenon,

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and, therefore, people outside
the West

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have grounds to reject it.

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Well, in reality, gay people are
born into,

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and belong to, every society in
the world.

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They are all ages, all races,
all faiths.

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They are doctors and teachers,
farmers and bankers,

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soldiers and athletes.

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And whether we know it or
whether we acknowledge it,

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they are our family, our
friends, and our neighbors.

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Being gay is not a
Western invention.

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It is a human reality.

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Now we must go further, and work
here

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and in every region of the world

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to galvanize more support for

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the human rights of the
LGBT community.

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To the leaders of those
countries

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where people are jailed, beaten,
or executed for being gay,

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I ask you to consider this:

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Leadership, by definition,
means being out

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in front of your people when it
is called for.

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It means standing up for the
dignity of all your citizens and

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persuading your people to do the
same.

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Be on the right side of history.

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