Santo Domingo.- United States ambassador Raul Yzaguirre defended gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people’s right to expression and their dignity, in a statement to mark International Anti-Homophobia Day today Thursday.
In an article published in newspaper El Nacional the diplomat’s the defense if the rights of LGBT people forms part of his country’s general policy on human rights and noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminated homosexuality from international classification of diseases in 1990. “Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people have marked an alternative form of expression, which also deserves dignity.”
Yzaguirre said president Barack Obama’s Administration has worked consistently to advance the guarantee for those people’s rights. “As president Obama has said we believe that countries which embrace respect of human rights for all citizens are more peaceful and prosperous than those countries which don’t.”
“This issue therefore is of major long term importance as far as our interests with national security in the promotion of respect for human rights” the diplomat said, adding that throughout world, including the U.S., violence and abuse against LGBT continue.