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United Nations Resolution Affirms LGBT RIghts

| Jun 20, 2011
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JUNE 17, 2011, Washington, DC — Today, UN Human Rights Council issued a resolution that, for the first time, exclusively affirms the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world. In light of increasing acts of violence and discrimination against LGBT people, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes the resolution and thanks President Obama and Secretary Clinton for their invaluable work.

With a narrow 23-19 vote, the resolution builds on the UN’s 2008 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and empowers the High Commissioner to research and present findings on human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Under the guidance of the Council for Global Equality, of which NCTE is a member, the United States sponsored the resolution and had a critical role working with other nations to ensure its passage.

Mara Keisling, the National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director said, “This resolution is a historic step in the global movement for transgender rights and strengthens our own work at home.” She continued, “I am proud of our country’s support of the resolution. President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s leadership here is among many examples of this Administration’s commitment to real change for transgender people everywhere.”

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Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Association, Inc., the former editor of that organization's newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She wrote the Diva of Dish column for TGF in the late 1990s and was the Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She is currently the Editor of TGF. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows. In her idle hours she keeps busy producing her monthly TG parties, Angela's Laptop Lounge.

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