During his campaign in 2020, Joe Biden had proposed to advance the search for LGBTQ + equality, supporting its development and protecting community members from discrimination and violence. On Friday, during a ceremony commemorating pride month at the White House, he announced that Jessica Stern It will be the sent to defend LGBTQ + rights internationally.
“I am proud to lead the most pro-LGBTQ + equality administration in the history of the United States,” exclaimed the president. He further added, “Even on my first day in office, the first executive order I signed was to change the entire federal government to commit to working aggressively to end discrimination against LGBTQ + people and their families. That was the first executive order. “
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Jessica Stern, the former executive director of OutRight Action International, will take care of that American diplomacy protect and defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people around the world.
“Serving as the CEO of OutRight has been a lifetime honor. I can’t think of any organization that works with more integrity, more skilled staff, more motivated board members, more valued partners, or greater impact. After 11 years with OutRight, leaving will be bittersweet, but I know that the organization could not be stronger, “he said to say goodbye to the NGO he led since 2010, dedicated to human rights and equality for LGBTQ + people.
For years Stern advised governments around the world, regional human rights institutions and UN mechanisms, including UN Women. In addition, it is frequently cited by media such as The New York Times Y The Guardian and, even, his brief was used by the Supreme Court of India in its fundamental ruling that decriminalizes relations between people of the same sex.
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Orlando Massacre: Tribute to Victims on Their Fifth Anniversary
Five years have passed since Pulse Massacre, shooting that left 49 dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The attack was carried out by Omar Mateen on behalf of the Islamic State. To honor the victims, Joe Biden signed the bill to carry out the Pulse National Monument. “We will never fully recover, but we will remember,” he said.
From the One Pulse foundation they were grateful for the president’s gesture: “It is very meaningful to everyone here, especially the families of the 49, the survivors, first responders and all affected lives, that our federal government recognizes the depth of the Pulse tragedy.”