April 15, 2024

Blinken: Promoting and protecting human rights of LGBTQI+ persons is a foreign policy priority of Biden

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretaries, in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 17, 2021. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretaries, in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 17, 2021. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Saturday marked the transgender remembrance day on November 20 with a personal message, asserting that”promoting and protecting the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons is a foreign policy priority of this administration.”

The day is to honor the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming people that have been taken by violence rooted in bias and intolerance.

Around the world, transgender and gender non-conforming people are subjected to staggering levels of violence, harassment, and discrimination on the basis of their gender identity or expression, Blinken said. “In addition, transgender and gender non-conforming people face barriers to justice and persistent stigmatization as well as marginalization and underrepresentation across health, economic and social systems.  These realities have been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He said the Biden administration is committed to ending violence and discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics.  Our commitment to gender equity and equality builds stronger societies for all.  

“We will continue to listen to, learn from, and advocate for the human rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals around the globe, in partnership with human rights defenders and civil society organizations, like-minded governments, and multilateral institutions,” Blinken wrote in his statement. “As we mourn the transgender and gender non-conforming persons who have lost their lives to bigotry, we will continue to pursue a world where all people may live free from violence and discrimination.”

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