By Junior Mayema,
This is a very groundbreaking step in order to completely monitor and systematically eradicate human rights violation against LGBT people all around the globe that are happening with impunity because those countries’ national laws legalize human rights violations and perpetrators walk free without being brought to book because those states sponsor the attacks, violence and killings of LGBT inhabitants of this beautiful planet earth in the name of religion or the so-called sovereignty of those nations by breaching international obligations and the fundamental human rights of all human beings as it is enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights.
The United States still have a long way to go to tackle homophobia at home, religious beliefs are being used here to give license to discriminate against whoever is openly gay or to deny them services, including when people are in emergency situations.
We cannot advocate freedom of speech and freedom of expression while at the same time restrict citizens from exercising their freedom in a manner that does not cause harm to themselves or others.
It is a great injustice that some Americans are denied rights everyone should be able to enjoy, regardless of their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
It reflects a great hypocrisy within American culture and politics in a nation that prides itself on being the “land of the free” — even though that is simply not the case for those who are part of the LGBTQ community.
Allowing gay couples to live with the same dignity and freedom as any other couple in America is not something that should still be up for debate – it is a matter of human rights and in no way threatens anyone’s religious liberty.
It’s time for the right choice to be made, and it’s time to make history that should have been made a long time ago.
one would wonder why in a city that lauds itself to be the gay Mecca like San Francisco still have so much attacks on LGBT people ? well here is the news :
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone this week created a firestorm of criticism when he released the archdiocese’s new high school teacher handbook. It contains a 2,000-word section calling for staff members — in their professional and private lives — to honor church teachings. He specifically cited opposition to abortion, contraception, homosexuality, artificial insemination, cloning and same-sex marriage, not to mention masturbation, fornication and pornography.
The archbishop’s action sets him apart from Pope Francis, who has chastised church leaders for their obsession with divisive issues such as same-sex marriage and birth control. If the pope is, as some believe, a fresh voice for the church, the archbishop is seen as speaking an ancient language.
Please vote for Democratic Party presidential Candidate in 2016 , the republicans are against everything that is gay, they wont pass human rights defense bill into law with a congress controlled by republican religious extremists, lets continue to keep dear Mister President Obama’s legacy of human rights for all.
John boehner is only trying to lure LGBT people and their straight allies, republican are wolves in lamb clothing, it is going to take many many years for LGBT americans and our straight allies to start trusting the republican party again
Republicans believe that so-called corrective rape is sliver lining, it is a party of extremists, every american woman who is reading this dont vote for the GOP here is the story:
A Republican state lawmaker said Thursday that women who become pregnant from sexual assault should not be exempt from an anti-abortion measure, because childbirth resulting from rape is “beautiful.”
The republican party lag behind America on so many social issues, they need more years in order to adjust and evolve with these new generations, there are bunch of old people who are fighting to continue living in antiquity and the stone age even though we are in now 2015, We want the Congress filled with republicans to pass these two important laws for the protection of LGBT human beings in the USA and worldwide that they keep on blocking if they want the LGBT community to start trusting them again, there must be separation between religion and the state
here are the two crucial bills :
S.2472 – International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 06/12/2014)Committees:Senate – Foreign RelationsLatest Action:06/12/2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. and the International Human rights act has been introduced again
U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to promote LGBT rights worldwide
S.815 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013
Here is what John Boehner said below ;
Boehner: We Won’t Fight Gay Marriage
House Speaker John Boehner said the House GOP will not contest a forthcoming Supreme Court decision on the legality of gay marriage, signaling a possible retreat in Republican opposition.
“I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” the Ohio Republican said when asked about the forthcoming high court ruling. “The court will make its decision, and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.”
The Supreme Court announced earlier this month it plans to hear cases from four states with laws that allow only a man and a woman to get married. The justices are expected to hear case arguments the week of April 20, according to SCOTUSblog, which closely tracks the high court.
The high court will soon decide whether the law can limit marriage to a man and a woman and whether states are legally required to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
The House GOP beginning in 2011 spent more than $2 million defending DOMA, only to drop the case in 2013 after the Supreme Court voted to strike it down.
Over the past two years, however, Republicans have become far less vocal in opposing gay marriage, although many conservative GOP lawmakers say they still believe marriage should be legally limited to the union of a man and woman.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, a potential GOP presidential contender, pointed out in a recent CNN interview about the upcoming Supreme Court ruling that many states have voted overwhelmingly against legalizing gay marriage.
“We don’t change law because some people in a black robe just decide that they don’t like the fact that 70, in some cases 80 percent of a state’s population have affirmed natural law marriage,” Huckabee said.
Recent Gallup polling shows that 55 percent of Americans believe marriage between same-sex couples should be legal, up from 40 percent in 2008 and 27 percent in 1996.
Republican leadership aides aren’t commenting further about Boehner’s decision not to weigh in on the Supreme Court decision.
But gay marriage advocacy groups are claiming victory, pointing to polling that shows even young GOP voters support gay marriage.
“Their evolution reflects the momentum for the freedom to marry nationwide,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a group advocating nationwide legalization of gay marriage. “They know their past pandering to part of their base is way out of step not only with a majority of the American people and independents, but with Republicans under 45 and even with young Evangelicals.”
And this is the copy paste of the International human rights bill :
Attacks and violence on LGBT people must be tackled and eradicated head-on Navi Pillay who is former high commissioner for human rights explain how to act systematically because the persecution is systematic :
And here is the good news below ;
LGBT communities around the world will soon have a powerful advocate in the State Department whose sole job is to watch out for their interests. Later this month, the State Department will name a special envoy to focus on the rights of LGBT people globally, a department official tells Mother Jones. In an emailed statement, the official said that Secretary of State John Kerry and his staff are in the final stages of selecting an openly gay Foreign Service officer as the United States’ first-ever diplomat to focus on LGBT issues. The position will not require Senate confirmation.
Congress has attempted to push for a special envoy on LGBT issues in the past: In 2014, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act, which proposed establishing the position and taking steps to make the protection of LGBT individuals a foreign policy priority. Markey’s 2014 bill failed to become law. He reintroduced it last month, but the measure’s fate is uncertain—mostly because of opposition from congressional Republicans. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the chairman of the House subcommittee on human rights, said last week in a hearing that he does “not construe homosexual rights as human rights,” and suggested that the White House’s public support of LGBT rights negatively affected the United States’ ability to work with Nigeria to combat terrorism. On the same day Smith made these remarks, Nigerian police arrested a dozen people for attending a same-sex wedding.
The State Department official called Markey’s bill a “very helpful vote of confidence” but said, “We wouldn’t want to wait for passage to do something we’ve long thought was the right thing to do and which has been in process.” Appointing a special envoy for LGBT rights has long been a priority for Kerry, who has tried to make defense of LGBT rights a hallmark of his tenure as secretary and was vocal on LGBT issues as a senator. In recent years, some foreign governments have taken harsh action against LGBT people, provoking outrage among human rights advocates globally. In 2014 alone, Gambia passed a law punishing homosexuality with life in prison, Kyrgyzstan moved to pass a “gay propaganda” bill even harsher than Russia’s, and the Ugandan government fought to reinstate a law that would punish homosexuality with a life sentence. LGBT people are criminalized to some extent in 76 countries, a group that includes countries like Pakistan and Iran as well as Jamaica and Singapore.
As secretary of state, Kerry has attempted to push back against anti-LGBT sentiment and law: He has spoken with some African heads of state about their countries’ policies, and has supported legal and media networks that support LGBT communities in Africa and Eastern Europe. Now, the United States will have a full-time diplomat committed to doing that work. “It’s been long in the making,” the official wrote in an email, “because the Secretary insisted the envoy be a career Foreign Service officer from inside the institution, someone who is part of the fabric of the institution, a diplomat by training.”
Advocates for appointing a special LGBT envoy had expressed concern that any action the State Department takes could potentially be undone when a new administration takes over in 2016. But precedent suggests that LGBT-oriented diplomatic progress is unlikely to be rolled back. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed the first openly gay US ambassador, James Hormel, as a recess appointment, bypassing deeply critical social conservatives in the US Senate.*President George W. Bush would go on to appoint an openly gay ambassador himself.
Madeleine Albright, Clinton’s secretary of state at the time, was the first State Department head to allow domestic partners, including same-sex partners, to accompany overseas staff, and require that foreign governments officially accredit them. Selim Ariturk, president of GLIFAA, an organization that represents LGBT individuals in the foreign service, is optimistic about the State Department’s latest step. The envoy, he says “will be uniquely situated at the intersection of human rights and gender rights issues, and will allow the State Department to make progress combating the violence that plagues LGBT communities around the world.”
WASHINGTON —The Department of State will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people overseas, a State Department official told the Globe on Thursday.
The move would preempt a bill sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey, which called for the creation of an LGBT rights envoy. The bill died in the last session of Congress, but was reintroduced last week by Markey, with an identical version in the House of Representatives sponsored by Democratic Representative Alan S. Lowenthal of New York.
“It’s been long in the making, because the Secretary insisted the envoy be a career Foreign Service officer from inside the institution, someone who is part of the fabric of the institution, a diplomat by training,” said the official in an email to the Globe. “We think of this new legislation as a very helpful vote of confidence, but we wouldn’t want to wait for passage to do something we’ve long thought was the right thing to do and which has been in process.”
If enacted, Markey’s bill would have established the envoy under the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Labor and Human Rights to direct the federal government’s responses to international human rights abuses against LGBT people. The envoy would have also represented the federal government in international discussions of LGBT rights.
Markey hailed Kerry’s action in a statement, saying the envoy “will be a global model for defending LGBT rights around the world.’’
The new job will be an extension of State Department’s recent initiatives to enhance and discuss LGBT rights both at home and abroad. The U.S. in August 2013 began issuing immigrant visas to same-sex couples in August, released the first Department statement to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance that November, and condemned Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill in February 2014.
White House National Security Strategy Focuses On LGBT Discrimination, Climate Change
The release marks the Obama White House’s first official national security strategy document since 2010.
The White House Fact Sheet, which mostly rehashes existing foreign policy objectives and vague talking points about “Striving for a world without nuclear weapons,” takes time to state that our national security agenda should involve climate change and gay people.
“Leading the international community to prevent and respond to human rights abuses and mass atrocities as well as gender-based violence and discrimination against LGBT persons,” the White House states as an objective.
“Confronting the urgent crisis of climate change, including through national emissions reductions, international diplomacy, and our commitment to the Green Climate Fund,” the White House also states.
Where will the LGBT envoy be allowed?
The Post reports: “Secretary of State John Kerry this month will appoint a special diplomatic envoy to promote gay rights abroad, according to the State Department.” There is certainly no lack of work to be done on this front.
For example, the State Department says of one particularly egregious abuser of human rights: “The law criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual activity, which may be punishable by death or flogging. Security forces harassed, arrested, and detained individuals they suspected of being gay. In some cases security forces raided houses and monitored internet sites for information on LGBT persons. Those accused of sodomy often faced summary trials, and evidentiary standards were not always met. Punishment for same-sex sexual activity between men was more severe than for such conduct between women. “
On another country the State Department reports: “The penal code prohibits homosexual relations, defined as ‘carnal relations against the order of nature,’ and provides for at least three years of imprisonment. . . . Human rights activists reported that there was overt societal discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all aspects of society. There were also reports of extremist groups threatening LGBT activists. Local media reported numerous instances in which security forces used accusations of homosexuality as excuses to detain, arrest, and torture civilians. The number of these instances was difficult to determine as police rarely reported their rationale for arrests. Furthermore, social stigma prevented many victims of such abuse from coming forward, even when accusations were false.”
And then there is this: “The penal code criminalizes public consensual same-sex sexual relations for men and women, and there is no specific legal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. The law stipulates penalties that include imprisonment of two months to two years and fines of DZD 500 to DZD 2,000 ($6 to $25). If a minor is involved, the adult may face up to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of DZD 10,000 ($125).”
You won’t be surprised to know the examples are Iran, Syria and Algeria. Indeed, there is probably no worse place on the planet for the LGBT community the Middle East, save one very significant exception. One wonders if any envoy would ever be allowed entry into some of the Middle East countries that are the worst offenders. So why doesn’t, you know, the president take this up, make it a topic of negotiations? (Are we not permitted to “get on our high horse” since we have had a past rife with discrimination toward gays?) It is noteworthy that in the latest National Security Strategy released by the administration no mention of Iran’s human rights record is included.
The president seems never to consider this is one of many signs — along with other egregious human rights violations — that these countries have an outlook inimical to our own. Well, the president is busy ending wars so that means he’s making deals with and acquiescing to the demands of the same leaders who persecute the LGBT community in their countries.