Nat'l. Security Advisor Susan Rice asserted the U.S will continue to support LGBTQ people worldwide. In a speech given at American University, Rice stated:
A decade ago, nearly half the countries in the world—92 nations—criminalized same-sex relationships. As of last year, that's down to 75 countries—still far too high. Anti-LGBT laws are being challenged and lifted, from Mozambique to Belize. The United States is one of nearly two dozen countries with marriage equality.
Nepal's new constitution is the first in Asia to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A surge of openly LGBT politicians are being elected, including the prime minister of Luxembourg and transgender legislators in Venezuela and the Philippines. Boisterous Pride parades are appearing in rather unexpected places, like Kiev and Taipei.
Even better, she wrapped her speech with this touching sentiment:
Somewhere in the world right now, there is a young boy lying awake at night guarding a secret he has kept for as long as he can remember. Somewhere, there is a young woman who can love both men and women and has nobody to tell her that's OK. Somewhere, in the United States, there is a man who has always felt like a stranger in his own body ... To every person who might still be struggling with who they are, trying to reconcile who they love with the faith or traditions they love, know this: We see you. We hear you. We are here for you.