With two presidential debates remaining before the November 6 presidential election, will the candidates address issues impacting LGBT communities at home and abroad?
- We’d like to hear the candidates address:
- Whether they agree with Secretary Clinton’s statement that “…gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
- To what degree human rights – including the epidemic of mistreatment and discrimination directed at foreign LGBT populations – should impact bilateral relationships; and
- Whether, or how, their personal ethics embraces the cause of LGBT equality.
We believe voters should know:
- How the candidates would respond to countries, like Uganda, that seek to penalize or even kill people who are gay;
- Whether the candidates believe USG foreign assistance should be for developmental purposes only, or should be used to advance other national priorities, including democratic development and human rights enhancement; and
- How they would direct USG departments and agencies with respect to using our foreign policy and developmental assistance tools to advance respect for LGBT rights.
Finally, we believe the candidates owe us, and all Americans:
- A coherent sense of the place of LGBT rights within American foreign policy goals;
- An understanding of whether they believe U.S.-funded AIDS prevention and treatment tools should target, among other populations, men who have sex with men; and
- A clear statement as to whether LGBT fairness and equality, at home and abroad, will be a priority for them as President.
The world still respects America’s foreign policy voice. Over the coming four years, one of these two men can do much to impact how LGBT people are treated, at home and abroad. We need and deserve to know whether they are committed to take up that cause.