Inmi K. Patterson, U.S. Consul General, Hamburg, Germany
On Human Rights Day 2011, President Obama directed “all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton summed up our guiding principle on LGBT issues in June 2010 with her declaration, “Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights, once and for all.” Under the leadership of Ambassador Murphy, U.S. Mission Germany has played an active role in promoting the human rights of LGBT individuals in Germany.
Equality for all has been one of my life-long priorities. Naturally, advocating equal rights for LGBT persons is part of this effort. My work in Hamburg is no exception. This is why I participated in the Hamburg Christopher Street Day gala and reached out to the Hinnerk, northern Germany’s largest LGBT magazine. The Hamburg Consulate team also joined the LGBT community on World AIDS Day 2011 to emphasize our support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
We compiled a brochure with documents and speeches on the U.S. Government’s domestic and global efforts to improve the human rights of LGBT persons and to combat HIV/AIDS that will help all of us with future programs. You can download this publication directly as a PDF-file.
In the right column, we posted a number of articles on this blog, links to the above mentioned documents on the web and to many speeches that are available as videos.
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All this may serve you as a reference point, but our work must continue. All people deserve to be respected for who they are.
Inmi K. Patterson,
U.S. Consul General
“Gay Rights Are Human Rights”
This video was produced by the U.S. State Department in December 2011. It features Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.