The US State Department has released an uplifting video of the groundbreaking speech given to a United Nations summit in Geneva by Hillary Clinton earlier this month.
Following the US’ declaration that its agencies will challenge the criminalisation of gay acts and LGBT identity overseas, Clinton spoke to the UN urging world leaders to be “on the right side of history”.
The State Department has now set extracts from the speech to music with a montage of images of gay couples, and pro-gay demonstrations around the world.
The speech was following President Obama’s memorandum earlier this month which instructed government agencies for the first time to consider gay rights when deciding aid and asylum cases, to combat criminalization, protect vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, and ensure “swift and meaningful” reactions to human rights abuses.
In her Geneva speech, Clinton said: “Some seem to believe it is a western phenomenon and therefore people outside the west have grounds to reject it.
“Well, in reality gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world.
“They are all ages, all races, all faiths, they are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes.
“Whether we know it, whether we acknowledge it, they are our family, our friends and our neighbours. Being gay is not a western invention, it is a human reality.”