When it comes to providing foreign aid, the Obama administration will start considering how countries treat gay and lesbian citizens. To support gays and lesbians suffering from human right violations across the globe, President Barak Obama ordered U.S agencies working overseas including The State Department and The U.S Agency for International Development to use foreign aid and rescue vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and even people in need of asylums.
President Barack Obama, in a memorandum to executive departments, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, during a speech before the U.N. Human Rights Council, issued a coordinated denunciation of anti-gay discrimination on Tuesday, stating that equal treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender people was an explicit U.S. foreign policy goal. In the statement, Obama described this struggle as a global challenge and affirmed his nation’s commitment in advocating human rights.
“By this memorandum I am directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that US diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons,” Obama said. Meanwhile, backing up the gay rights and condemning the countries that outlaw gay behavior, U.S Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sternly said that they are equal to women’s right and racial equality and nations just cannot discriminate them on the cultural, moral, traditional or religious grounds.
Clinton addressed the members in Geneva which is home to the United Nations’ human rights body and her audience comprised of diplomats from the nations with sour records on gay rights including the diplomats from Arab and Africa. U.S government agencies are clearly directed to utilize foreign aid to safeguard human rights and advocate the policy of non-discrimination and also cooperate with institutions to combat biased treatment against the gays and lesbians.
The White House said the twin moves represented the U.S. government’s first comprehensive strategy to combat sexual orientation-based human rights abuses around the world. Gay rights groups cheered the actions, noting that gays and lesbians can be arrested, tortured and even executed in some countries.
Welcoming the order as a vital step for making sure that gays and lesbians are subjected to equal treatment worldwide, Joe Solmonese, president of the human rights campaign, a gay advocacy organization said, “actions by president Obama clearly explains that the U.S will not turn a blind eye administrations support abuses to the human rights of LGBT people”