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Obamas commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia


The White House on Saturday issued this statement by the President and First Lady commemorating today’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Michelle and I join our fellow Americans and others around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia … We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love.

We work toward this goal every day. Here at home, we are working to end bias-motivated violence, combat discrimination in the workplace, and address the specific needs of transgender persons. Overseas, I am proud of the steps that the United States has taken to prioritize the protection and promotion of LGBT rights in our diplomacy and global outreach.

There is much more to do, and this fight for equality will not be won in a day. But we will keep working, at home and abroad, and we will keep fighting, for however long it takes until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was established in 2004 and represents an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to discrimination, harassment and violence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people, and other who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.

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IDAHOT is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal, with 1600 events reported from 1280 organizations in 2014.

Saturday’s statement by the Obamas follows an earlier message of support made in 2014.

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