Hillary Clinton

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a historic speech outlining LGBT rights as human rights at the UN.

Presidential Memorandum

The White House issued a Presidential Memo setting on LGBT rights, specifically confirming the US government’s obligation to LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.

The relevant language of the memo is:

Sec. 2.  Protecting Vulnerable LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers.  Those LGBT persons who seek refuge from violence and persecution face daunting challenges.  In order to improve protection for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers at all stages of displacement, the Departments of State and Homeland Security shall enhance their ongoing efforts to ensure that LGBT refugees and asylum seekers have equal access to protection and assistance, particularly in countries of first asylum.  In addition, the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security shall ensure appropriate training is in place so that relevant Federal Government personnel and key partners can effectively address the protection of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, including by providing to them adequate assistance and ensuring that the Federal Government has the ability to identify and expedite resettlement of highly vulnerable persons with urgent protection needs.

The US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration also issued a press release.

World’s Second Gay Prime Minister

Belgium has become the second country in the world to select an openly gay leader.

Elio Di Rupo will lead a government, ending 540 days of post- election brinksmanship between the parties of the Dutch-speaking north and French south.  He will lead a coalition of six parties.

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