GLIFAA Representative Erich Kraus reads Ambassador Emerson’s statement at CSD press conference

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one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities is to broaden opportunity and
advance equality he believes that a world in which everyone including those
who are lesbian gay bisexual and transgender can pursue their dreams free
from violence and discrimination is a better world in his inaugural address in
January of 2013 for the first time in the history of the United States an
American president documented the rights of the LGBT community in an inaugural
address as President Obama said and I quote our journey is not complete until
our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law for if we
are truly created equal then surely the love that we commit to one another must
be equal as well and right here in Berlin speaking before the Brandenburg
Gate last June he said when we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and
sisters and treat their love and their rights equally under the law we defend
our own liberty as well as a result of this kind of commitment in my country
and in Germany and in countries around the world progress is being made the
tireless advocacy of generations is sometimes too slowly but surely bending
the arc of history one important milestone on that arc of history in the
United States was the gay pride parade that took place on the twenty-eighth of
june nineteen seventy activists and civil rights supporters convened at the
site of demonstrations that had been spurred by police raids one year earlier
at the Stonewall Inn a popular bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village
in New York City at that time homosexuality was illegal in the United
States a few hundred participants started the March more and more people
join them along the way by the time the first marchers reached Central Park
thousands were following behind in the 40-plus years since that gay pride march
again in the US as in many countries around the world the LGBT community has
advanced from scorn to respect barriers have been torn down discriminatory laws
have been repealed this is a good thing it is important that governments protect
and expand basic human rights but gay pride is not just about what governments
can and should do they are also about what individuals can do working together
as we all know this is not easy work but I salute the commitment of all those who
are involved in protecting LGBT rights here in Berlin the capital city of
Germany not only on one special day in the year that is celebrated gay pride
but on every day thank you

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