President Obama’s Speech and Impact on Global LGBT Persecution

AfricaJanuary 23, 2015 – Reported by Oh-blog-dee-0-blog-da – The American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is thanking President Barack Obama this morning for his historic inclusion of all LGBT people in last night’s State of the Union address before the US Congress, the American people, and the world.

This is the first time that Transgender people have been included in a State of the Union address.

President Obama stated:

“As Americans, we respect human dignity.… That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We do these things not only because they are the right thing to do, but because ultimately they will make us safer.”

Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC) notes:

“This has a great significance not only for America’s LGBT community but for all lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people around the globe.  To use words openly instead of mere acronyms is complimentary to our community and indicative of a newfound openness for which we are much appreciative; indeed a huge step forward in the right direction…story continues below…

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