In a groundbreaking move in New York on Wednesday, United States President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly and stated, “No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.”
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates applauds President Barack Obama for including gay and lesbian rights in his address to the United Nations Assembly.
“President Obama’s words at the General Assembly are an incredible step forward,” said Selisse Berry, Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. “We hope that this powerful message is taken to heart by leaders of countries where equality is a distant dream. Every person has the right to love who they choose to love, without fear of discrimination. We hope that the President’s words will have a profound impact so that all global citizens can enjoy freedom and equality.”
While Obama’s words have special meaning for gay and lesbian individuals across the globe, Out & Equal also calls upon the President to continue to be a leader, not only for all sexual orientations, but also for all gender identities by moving forward with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and supporting marriage equality so that all Americans can live free from discrimination.