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Ambassador Polt congratulates Estonia’s LGBT community on Baltic Pride

Michael C. Poltrepost from the Embassy of the United States: Estonia

On the occasion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month 2011, Ambassador Polt and his Embassy team join the Estonian government in congratulating Estonia’s LGBT community on the celebration of Baltic Pride  June 6-11 in Tallinn, coordinated primarily by the NGO Estonian Gay Youth.   The Embassy is providing financial support in addition to speakers, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia, who will be in Tallinn on June 8.

President Obama on May 31 issued a Presidential Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, which happens each year in June.   Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in June 2010 that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights” at an event commemorating LGBT Pride at the U.S. Department of State.  President Obama and Secretary Clinton have set a vision that firmly incorporates LGBT rights in U.S. foreign policy, and the U.S. Government has included respect for the rights of LGBT persons as a core component in the Congressionally-mandated annual Country Reports on Human Rights.

Ambassador Polt states “we are pleased and honored to contribute to Baltic Pride, which will highlight LGBT organizations, individuals, and families in Estonia and from the region.  Diversity and equality are fundamental values for us all.”

Human Rights First calls for the respect of fundamental freedoms of assembly and association

Gay Pride Parade

Repost from Human Rights First | by Innokenty Grekov

Human Rights First calls on governments to abide by commitments to respect the fundamental freedoms of assembly and association and to take adequate measures to ensure security and protection for all. However, many States have failed to fully ensure these fundamental freedoms, and a number of governments actively suppress them. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals have been particularly affected by this suppression of rights and continue the uphill struggle for the right to freedom of assembly and association.

Gay pride parades offer an opportunity for many LGBTI individuals to exercise the right to freedom of expression. Historically, gay pride parades have come to symbolize the resistance to intolerance and bigotry that surround LGBTI people in their daily lives. Restricting these peaceful demonstrations is particularly damaging and unacceptable. Continue reading ‘Human Rights First calls for the respect of fundamental freedoms of assembly and association’

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