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Yesterday I read the Dip Note blog over at the U.S. State Department's web site, and one recent post caught my attention. It was about what issues should be at the top of our international agenda for the new year:

> Around the world, American diplomats are engaged in the most critical issues of our day. Today's international agenda includes challenges and opportunities. <

> Secretary Clinton said, "[W]ith more states facing common challenges, we have the chance, and a profound responsibility, to exercise American leadership to solve problems in concert with others. That is at the heart of America's mission in the world today." [...] <</p>

I saw that none of the comments had addressed the plight of gay people and the human rights abuses they suffer around the planet, and quickly wrote up a comment. As expected, the Dip Note's comments are moderated, and I waited to see if the State Department bloggers would post my note. A few hours later, my gay-specific suggestions were posted.

While I'm happy my note will be read by State Department officials, maybe even influence them to take more concrete steps every day on behalf of gay people beyond America's borders, I know it will take the voices of lots of activists to improve U.S. efforts for gays worldwide.

This is where you can play an important role for global gays, all without leaving your desk and computer. Go to the Dip Note blog now and write up a short comment, urging the State Department to make the human rights protections of gays a top priority during 2010, and beyond.

Write about the problems our brothers and sisters face, foreign governments taking positive steps to expand protections for gays, the need for American diplomats and the United Nations to address Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill that calls for the death penalty and other draconian measures, and all the other international gay matters of concern to you. Then wait for the moderator to post your comment.

Let's use this public opportunity to lobby the U.S. State Department, its diplomats and other personnel. It will take only 5-10 minutes to compose and submit a pro-active message to the department, and the potential good of that act could greatly benefit gay people everywhere.

Click here to visit the Dip Note blog.

Originally posted to MPetrelis on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 04:23 PM PST.

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  •  well (1+ / 0-)
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    grada3784

    doesn't human rights also cover the rights of gay people?

    Laughter is a force for democracy - John Cleese

    by GlowNZ on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 04:43:28 PM PST

    •  You could say it also covers (2+ / 0-)
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      grada3784, Alec82

      women's rights, but as we know, there are different reasons for generic abuse that could apply equally to anyone, and specific abuses that are applied to women specifically because of their gender (and which have different cultural root causes) and then there are another set of specific cultural issues which result in abuse of gays.  SO.  Sure, you could say "but if we just address human rights, everything else will follow" but anyone with breasts is going to laugh at you.  Probably.  Because if you have a culture that has arrived at the deeply held prejudice that women are less than full-status humans (i.e. chattel) or gays are less than full-status humans, then addressing "human rights" may not get you where you are going.

      •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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        grada3784

        I'm sure those laws criminalizing sex between males are applied to heterosexuals and homosexuals equally, for example.

        The best apology against false accusers is silence and sufferance, and honest deeds set against dishonest words

        by Alec82 on Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 05:20:53 PM PST

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