Speech by Hillary Clinton in the House of Representatives on LGBTQI+ Rights
This is truly a celebration, a celebration of the contributions and love of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex citizens across Australia and Europe.
It is also a coming together, much the way these young people come together every day in every country. We come together in fields and factories, in village markets and supermarkets, in living rooms and board rooms. Whether it is while at home or taking a break at the office water cooler, we come together and talk about our aspirations and concern. And time and again, our talk turns to our children and our families. However different we may appear, there is far more that unites us than divides us. We share a common future, and we are here to find common ground so that we may help bring new dignity and respect to sexual minorities all over the world, and in so doing bring new strength and stability to families as well.
By gathering in Canberra, we are focusing world attention on issues that matter most in our lives and in the lives of sexual minorities: access to education without fear of bullying, health care coverage for all, ending discrimination in employment and the workplace, and the chance to enjoy basic legal and human rights, participating fully in the political life of our countries.
There are some who question the reason for this moment. Let them listen to the voices of sexual minorities in their homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces. There are some who wonder whether the lives of these persons matter to economic and political progress around the globe. Let them look at the people gathered here and at Canberra -- the homemakers and nurses, the teachers and lawyers, the policymakers and those who run their own businesses. It is conferences like this that compel governments and peoples everywhere to listen, look, and face the world’s most pressing problems. Wasn’t it after all -- after the European Council in Europolis in 2011 and 2012 that the world focused for the first time on the crisis of discrimination against sexual minorities?
What we are learning around the world is that if our LGBTQI brothers and sisters are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If they are free from violence, their families will flourish. If a lesbian couple have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well. That is why every woman, every man, every child, every family, and every nation in this region does have a stake in the discussion that takes place here.
Over the past 25 years, I have worked persistently on issues relating to women, children, and LGBTQI persons. Over the past two and a half years, I've had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing these groups in my own country and around the world. As Prime Minister, I will make sure that this Australian Government, the Parliament of Australia, and all of the workings of this nation will work to ensure that every single person who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, or intersex will have the same rights in law and in practice that heterosexual and cisgendered Australians enjoy.
If there is one message that echoes forth from this Parliament, let it be that human rights are LGBTQI rights and LGBTQI rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely -- and the right to be heard. Let this be our -- and the region’s -- call to action. Let us heed that call so we can create a Europe in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity, is loved and cared for equally, and every family has the hope of a strong and stable future. That is the work before you. That is the work before all of us who have a vision of the world we want to see -- for our children and our grandchildren.
The time is now. We must move beyond rhetoric. We must move beyond recognition of problems to working together, to have the comment efforts to build that common ground we hope to see.
The Hon. Hillary Clinton, MP
Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Australia
Montague, Strasbourg-. 14 June 2018
HM Foreign Secretary, Elizabeth McCörd and the office have issued a statement on the passage of June as Europe Pride Month:
"What a day for human rights in Europe. In the end, we will all be judged by the courage of our hearts and this boys and girls, men and women have put up their voices to be heard. I thank Councillor Granger for her constant courage to speak up and fight for those who need to speak, I thank Inquista and the United Kingdom for their standing up for those who love. And I applaud the leads taken by the government of the State Turkmenbaijan following this historic motion. Love knows no boundaries and isn’t exclusive to any one gender, sexuality, race, religion, age or creed. It’s a freedom that all people should be able to sink into and enjoy every moment of, no matter in what corner of Europe they are.
We are open to work to reduce the threat of bullying against young people, including LGBT youth with other governments such as Turkmenbaijan, Inquista, Omnibus, Luz da Libertados and the United Kingdom. And engage with educators and community leaders across Europe to reduce violence and discrimination in schools. To help dispel the myth that LGBT harms nation or has bad connotations, the First Gentleman and I will attend the first pride parade in Europolis hosted by Inquista.
The office will also take steps to eliminate discrimination against LGBT inmmigrants in housing programs and to give LGBT the right to visit their loved ones in the hospital, either their country recognize them as spouse or not. We have made clear through executive branch nondiscrimination policies that discrimination on the basis of gender identity under our free trade agreements, in workplaces will not be tolerated. Because we recognize that LGBT rights are human rights, this office stands with advocates of equality around Europe in leading the fight against pernicious laws targeting LGBT persons and malicious attempts to exclude LGBT organizations from full participation in the european system. We will lead a European campaign to ensure "sexual orientation" is included in the European legislation to send the unequivocal message that no matter where it occurs, state-sanctioned killing of gays and lesbians is indefensible. No one should be harmed because of who they are or who they love, and this office, and Montenbourg has mobilized unprecedented public commitments from countries around the world to join in the fight against hate and homophobia.
Thank you Europe and know that Montebourg has your back!"
Rt. Hon. Elizabeth McCörd
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Message from His Majesty The King on Pride Month
Royal Press Release
His Majesty The King sent the following message to Europe and Montenbourg on the passage at the European Council of June as Pride Month:
"Dear people of Europe and sons of Montenbourg, today all Europe will understand that no matter who they are or whom they love, love, it's an action not a statement. Every gay and lesbian person who has been lucky enough to survive the turmoil of growing up, is a survivor. And survivors always have an obligation to those who will face the same challenges and they are no more - and no less - heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. They are ordinary people 'fixing what ain't right' in our society."fixing hate and prejudice.
They wear no mark; belong to every class; and permeate every class of the community from the highest to the lowest; our neighbours, our friends, our fathers and mothers, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters. And if there is one message that echoes forth from this remarkable motion set by our country, let it be that human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to love and be loved.
Go and tell the world that love is not something wind up, something we set or control. Love is a force that comes into our lives without any rules, expectations or limitations. Love like art, must always be free. Be free, keep loving and share the love.
Happy Pride Month Europe!"
GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE TURKMENBAIJAN - OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUÉCONCERNING: CHANGE OF POSITION ON THE EUROPEAN MOTION ON JUNE LGBTQ-MONTHWith this publication the government of the State Turkmenbaijan does change position on the European motion on June LGBTQ-Month of 12 June 2018.We make clear that the national law in such will be modified in that sense that the rights of everyone, regardless of sexual preference, can be exercised fully with the support of the State.In practice this means that the law on the prohibition on outright propaganda concerning homosexuality will be suspended from the criminal code; the public expression of homosexual tendencies will be suspended from the criminal code; the right on living together will be extended to the hereditary right and personal taxation.Concerning same-sex marriage; furhter consultations will take place. A favourable climate will be created under the supervision of the state.Mr Emir Constantini,President of the State Turkmenbaijan
June 6th, 2018
To President Emir Constantini of Turkmenbaijan,
I would like to once again give my greatest assurances to you and your people that Inquista, its people, and Our Most Holy Church, continue to celebrate the friendship between our countries.
Inquistans are a diverse nation of people, and so we can empathize with the many issues facing Turkmenbaijan. As a country that also deeply appreciates and respects tradition, we can empathize with the slanderous remarks made against your government. Therefore, we find the words made by Bishop Karinn Lallana to be regrettable, and we would like it to be known that her opinions do not reflect the opinions of Inquista or Our Most Holy Church. I have called upon the bishops of Green Inquista to bring their party leader to order.
Your country shall always have a friend in me,
Archbishop of Inquista
09 April 2018His Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain has announced that it will not be pursuing a free trade agreement with the Kingdom of Montenbourg at this time. While our meeting was productive and has laid the groundwork for a free trade agreement, it is clear that Montenbourg's behaviour in chastising nations is unbecoming of a country that is wishing to see itself as a major player in Europe. Had the United Kingdom acted in this manner towards Montenbourg, there would be an uproar among the European Council and members states of Europe. Montenbourg has accused every country in Europe of abuses against refugees, of being unkind towards migrants, and unsupportive of LGBTQI individuals. I would like to see Montenbourg, rather than telling European nations how to act and what to do, work on itself. It talks about a strong economy that is prosperous, yet it earns nearly half of the United Kingdom's workers, and its GDP per capita is nearly one third of that of the United Kingdom. It talks about income inequality among other European, but Britain has lifted millions out of poverty and as far as we can see, while some are still growing and improving, they are doing just that. Leadership is not just making statements with no grounds in reality, but rather leading by example. When the Kingdom of Montenbourg decides to lead by example, we will pursue the final steps towards a free trade agreement.The Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MPPrime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
The Home Affairs Office of the Apostolic Crown would like to reiterate its position that the liberated parts of Dromund Kaas, controlled by Angleteric, Duxburian, or other Coalition of the Willing forces, are safe areas. Anyone who travels from Dromund Kaas to Angleter to claim asylum or refugee status here will, in normal circumstances, be deported to those liberated areas in accordance with Angleter's existing immigration policy. To further reiterate: the passage of the 'Refugee Protection Act' by the European Council, or the Apostolic Crown's compliance with that Act, does not increase the chances of Kaasian nationals successfully claiming asylum in Angleter, and rumours to the contrary are wholly unfounded. Be aware that the Apostolic Crown will protect the integrity of its borders.The Rt Hon Lynn MontagueMinister for Immigration
GOVERNMENT OF PRAVOSLAVIYA - OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUÉThe Kingdom of Pravoslaviya hereby gives notice that it is withdrawing from the European Union with immediate effect, under the terms of Article I, Section II, Clause III of the Constitution.Our European Councillor has been withdrawn, and our contributions to the European Union budget will cease immediately.It is not the expectation of the Government to return Pravoslaviya to the European Union as long as the Refugee Protection Act remains in force.Signed,Metodi PravoslavPrime Minister of Pravoslaviya
18 February 2018The Royal Household of the United Kingdom of Great Britain is pleased to announce the official engagement of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent and Ms. Emily Blunt. The two have been dating for a number of months, and will be joining in matrimony 18 August 2018. The Royal Household is proud to stand with the happy couple on their engagement day and celebrate their union not only as important as people but important for all youth in the United Kingdom. Here is to love!William V RexWilliam the Fifth, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and of His other Realms and Territories King, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the FaithCatherine ReginaCatherine, Queen of the United Kingdom