You may remember I previously posted about Hilary Clinton’s speech before the United Nations on gay rights globally. In the speech, she commented on how she wanted to usher in an AIDS free generation and also called on all nations to treat gay individuals as equally as any other individual. In her speech, Clinton said, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished.”
Recently, she made good on her promise of support by “sending funds to gay-rights advocacy groups and local officials in problem nations like Honduras, Uganda, Malawi, Pakistan and Serbia,” as reported in Queerty. The purpose of these funds is to set up police task forces to investigate hate crimes based on an individual’s sexual orientation.
Josue Hernandez, who was interviewed by The Miami Herald, had this to say about life in Honduras as a gay man, “We are in a deplorable state. When we walk the streets, people shout insults at us and throw rocks. Parents move their children away.” In fact, Honduras reports over 60 homicides which have been directly linked to the victim’s sexuality.
Kudos to Clinton for using her clout and resources to affect positive global change. This is the lasting global impact all nation’s leaders should be emulating.