On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Obama Vows to ‘Keep Fighting’ for LGBT Rights

"LGBT rights are human rights," the president said.

— -- In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, President Obama this weekend vowed to “keep fighting, for however long it takes, until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Since taking office, Obama has consistently advocated equal rights for LGBT people worldwide. In 2010, he signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the U.S. military’s policy forbidding openly gay men and women from serving. In 2011, he signed an official memorandum directing agencies to combat criminalization of gays abroad.

Still, Obama acknowledged, “there is so much more to do” throughout the country – and worldwide.

Even as the White House commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, other world leaders are threatening gays and lesbians.

Jammeh’s comments “underscore why we must continue to seek a world in which no one lives in fear of violence or persecution because of who they are or whom they love,” Rice said in a statement, noting that in addition to ending trade preferences with the country, the U.S. is “reviewing what additional actions are appropriate to respond to this worsening situation.”

“All people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom the love,” Obama said in a statement.

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