Embassy Port-au-Prince Partners with Local NGOs to Show Support for the LGBT Community

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Ambassador White on International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince on International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

Embassy Port-au-Prince broke new ground in its human rights engagement by hosting an IDAHO reception in partnership with local Haitian organizations on May 17, 2013. At the request of Port-au-Prince-based LGBT rights advocacy groups, Post held a screening and discussion of the Haitian documentary film “Des Hommes et Dieux” (“Of Men and Gods,”), which explores issues of homosexuality (traditionally a taboo topic in the Caribbean nation), religion, culture, discrimination, and acceptance in Haitian society. More than 100 participants representing over 10 different LGBT advocacy organizations, as well as numerous representatives from the U.S. Mission and the Port-au-Prince diplomatic corps attended the event . In remarks to the assembled guests, U.S. Ambassador Pamela White said, “This week, we celebrate human diversity and rededicate ourselves to a basic but essential truth — that human rights are universal and must be protected. To our friends who are denied basic human rights around the world: please know that you are not alone. You have an ally in the United States of America and you have millions of friends among the American people. We stand with you in your struggle against discrimination, and we will continue to do everything we can to promote communities and societies in which all people can live safely and love without fear.”

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