Tillerson and Ivanka recognize Gay Pride Month

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement Wednesday recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month.

While President Trump has yet to do so, he did recognize June as Great Outdoors Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, National Ocean Month and National Homeownership Month.

Tillerson’s statement read, “In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom.”

“We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination,” Tillerson’s statement said. He further states:

“Violence and discrimination targeting any vulnerable group undermines our collective security as well as American values. When all persons are protected on the basis of equality and with dignity, global stability is strengthened. We will continue to support the human rights of LGBTI persons together with like-minded governments, businesses, and civil society organizations globally.

The United States remains committed to human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons. Dignity and equality for all persons are among our founding constitutional principles, and these principles continue to drive U.S. diplomacy.”

Tillerson has a history of supporting LGBT equality. As a former national president of Boy Scouts of America, he was instrumental in bringing an end to the ban on gay Scout leaders.

First daughter Ivanka Trump also tweeted on June 1, wishing “everyone a joyful #Pride2017…this month we celebrate and honor the #LGBTQ community.”

In a subsequent tweet, she wrote, “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.”

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