Statement by Secretary Tillerson: 2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

06/07/2017 12:54 PM EDT

Press Statement
Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 7, 2017

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom.

We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence and discrimination targeting any vulnerable group undermines our collective security as well as American values. When all persons are protected on the basis of equality and with dignity, global stability is strengthened. We will continue to support the human rights of LGBTI persons together with like-minded governments, businesses, and civil society organizations globally.

The United States remains committed to human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons. Dignity and equality for all persons are among our founding constitutional principles, and these principles continue to drive U.S. diplomacy.

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