Friday, 27 June 2014

Biden & Stipe Speak Out

US Vice President Joe Biden

A busy week for speaking out. 

US Vice President Joe Biden made a rousing speech about the sanctity of human rights globally:

“I don’t care what your culture is,” Biden told about 100 guests at the Naval Observatory’s vice presidential mansion, The Associated Press reports. “Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.” 
Biden said that nations which fail to protect LGBT people have a “price to pay for being inhumane.” Biden agreed with White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments earlier this week that global discrimination against gays is a cricitical international human rights issue at the top of the U.S. priority list. 
“Governments are responsible for protecting the rights of all citizens, and it is incumbent upon the state, and on each of us, to foster tolerance and to reverse the tide of discrimination,” Rice said earlier on Tuesday. “To achieve lasting global change, we need everyone’s shoulder at the wheel; With more voices to enrich and amplify the message — the message that gay rights are straight-up human rights — we can open more minds.”

And, following in the footsteps of Elton John, REM lead singer Michael Stipe added his voice to the mix by releasing a video prasing LGBT Ugandans for their courage.

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