Team USA comes from different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and genders.  What do they all have in common? They are all athletes!
Check out our video showcasing U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and recreational athletes of various backgrounds.

Team USA comes from different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and genders.  What do they all have in common? They are all athletes!

Check out our video showcasing U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and recreational athletes of various backgrounds.

Making LGBT Rights Human Rights Through the Global Equality Fund
 
When celebrating Human Rights Day as a global community we are reminded of efforts taking place to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons all around the world. Through the work of passionate and committed leaders, and support from both the public and private sectors, we are starting to see more barriers to equality broken down and a new era of acceptance slowly emerging. Read more on DipNote.
Advancing equality for LGBT persons isn’t just the right thing to do. It’s fundamental to advancing democracy and human rights.
John Kerry at the United Nations, September 26, 2013

Want to know more about the new visa guidelines for same-sex spouses? Check out our Google+ Hangout moderated by Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, with:

  • David Stewart, Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in London;
  • Don Heflin, Managing Director of the State Department’s Visa Office; and
  • Victoria Neilson, Legal Director of Immigration Equality, which advocates on behalf of LGBT and HIV-positive individuals.
And here is exactly what this rule means: If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are the spouse of a non-citizen, your visa application will be treated equally.
Secretary Kerry on the Same-Sex Couple Visa Change, August 2, 2013. 
Murder of Cameroonian LGBT and AIDS Activist Eric Ohena Lembembe

Deputy Spokesperson Harf: We deplore the brutal murder of Eric Ohena Lembembe -  the Executive Director of Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS), an organization dedicated to the fight against AIDS and for the human rights of LGBT people in Cameroon - who was found tortured to death in his home in Yaoundé yesterday. We condemn this terrible act in the strongest terms and urge the Cameroonian authorities to thoroughly and promptly investigate and prosecute those responsible for his death. Read More

From Stonewall to the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ despite setbacks along the way, the arc of our history on this issue has bent towards inclusion and equality, perhaps never more so than today.
Secretary Kerry on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act
Pride Is About U.S. Fundamental Values
 
Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to promote and protect the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals globally.  There are daily reports from around the world about violence and discrimination against LGBT persons, and even here at home people continue to be targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  These events remind us that our work transcends all national boundaries. Read more
Global Equality Fund Advances Human Rights of LGBT Communities
 
PRIDE events abound in the month of June, especially here in the nation’s capital.  John Kerry has championed LGBT equality for over 30 years, and now as Secretary he is leading the Department’s global fight to promote the human rights of LGBT individuals across the world.  Today, Secretary Kerry delivered keynote remarks at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) Pride event at the State Department.  During his speech, the Secretary acknowledged and thanked the governments and organizations that have partnered with the Secretary’s Global Equality Fund.  Launched in December 2011, the Fund represents a unique collaboration bridging governments, companies, foundations, and NGOs with the objective of advancing and protecting the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide. Read More