FACT SHEET: Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

Throughout the Obama Administration, the promotion and protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons has been a specific focus of our engagement around the world.  U.S. diplomacy, foreign assistance and other activities abroad have all sought to advance this goal, ensuring that efforts to promote and protect LGBT human ...
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Ambassador Baucus commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) (05/17/2016)

As U.S. Ambassador to China, I am proud to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – a day to pause and reflect on the need to combat discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The last 12 months have marked tremendous progress in the United States for LGBT individuals. Just last ...
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Gay Chinese Couples Share their U.S. Marriage Experience

Three gay Chinese couples from Shanghai shared their experience of getting married in the United States in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage at the Shanghai American Center. The couples were winners of Taobao’s “We Do” contest, which paid the LGBT couples to get married in California.
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Ambassador Baucus commemorates the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On Sunday, we marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).  IDAHOT is a day to celebrate the advances we’ve made toward equality and justice for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender neighbors, family members, co-workers, and fellow citizens.  It is also a day to examine the steps we can take to end discrimination ...
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Consul General Hanscom Smith’s Statement Regarding The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, 2015

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia ( IDAHOT ) is held on May 17 to mark the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its International Classification of Diseases.  A quarter of a century later, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community has made great progress in ...
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American and Chinese Film Directors Shine the Spotlight on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and LGBT Issues

Film directors Josh Kim and Fan Popo spoke to largely young audiences about innovation and entrepreneurship in the film industry, same sex marriage, and “LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) and Film” on April 10 and 11. In his individual program, American director Josh Kim talked about his journey from film school student to feature ...
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Statement by Ambassador Max Baucus on International Day Against Homophobia

I am proud to join my colleagues at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and at U.S. Consulates throughout China in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia. This is a day marked around the world to counter homophobia and raise awareness of the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Personal prejudices, no ...
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