Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Hillary Clinton's ground breaking speech on GLBT rights as human rights

History in the making.

Today, I decided to watch the speech by Hillary Clinton on LGBT rights as human rights. It is a significant milestone.

Nothing was said, in the speech, about cutting off aid to countries that don't respect GLBT rights or tying that aid to progress on GLBT issues. Instead there was talk about a lot of behind the scenes funding and efforts to support individuals and organizations all over the world who are working for GLBT rights.

From my reading of the news, I do think there is some debate in the United Kingdom about linking foreign aid to GLBT issues.

This topic is being discussed around the world in which Hillary's speech is a cornerstone, but her contribution isn't the only energy going into the international discussion.

Personally, I often link GLBT issues to world population issues. The British discussion about foreign aid has come up in relation to new laws being considered in the nation of Nigeria against gay people. Harsh 14 year prison terms and so forth.

I see Nigeria as an example of one big worry about foreign aid. The "bottomless pit" problem. When populations are growing real fast, one can try to feed the population, but a few years later the hunger increases as there are many more people to feed. One can't keep up. Eventually one can suffer from "charity fatigue" as the growing problems seem overwhelming.

Also countries that don't respect human rights often remain in poverty killing off some of their most progressive thinkers and ideas.

I like to link population and environmental issues to feminist and gay rights issues.

While the talk from Hillary Clinton didn't address that link directly, that link is part of the broader discussion of which Hillary's speech is one of the cornerstones.

Last night, I listened to a segment of "World Have Your Say" on the BBC World Service radio. Very interesting international talk show. Callers were from Africa, on that segment, discussing gay rights, both pro and anti. Dialog is making history.

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