The Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Christine Elder, addressed the LGBT community on Friday 17 May, in honor of the International Day Against Homophobia. The Mozambican Association for the Defense of the Rights of Sexual Minorities (LAMBDA) hosted a Conference to highlight attitudes and behaviors relating to homosexuality in three cities of Mozambique–Maputo, Beira, and Nampula. DCM Elder emphasized the position of the Government of the United States that gay rights are human rights and also expressed our support for LAMBDA and the important role of civil society leaders in Mozambique.
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DCM Elder’s Remarks, As Delivered:
“The United States has a clear position: ‘Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.’ Human rights are inalienable and belong to every person, no matter who that person is or whom that person loves. We use the full range of diplomatic and development tools to press for the elimination of violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people worldwide. I would like to commend Mozambique for its open, accepting atmosphere toward sexual minorities. We are pleased to note that constitution of Mozambique respects and protects the equal rights for all, regardless of their sexual orientation. The United States supports the mission and work of LAMBDA, as the largest and most active LBGT organization in Mozambique. Since its founding in 2006, LAMBDA has played a critical role promoting progress toward a more inclusive society for all, free of homophobia, in Mozambique.”