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United States Embassy hosts roundtable with LGBTQI+ rights activists in honor of Pride month

Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2023. 8:15 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: June is recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month.

Pride month is held in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.

The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

On June 21, 2023, U.S. Ambassador to Belize, Michelle Kwan and U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Kerri Hannan hosted a roundtable with Belizean LGBTQI+ rights activists for a candid discussion on human rights and the universal principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Hannan underscored U.S. support for the freedoms and equal rights of LGBTQI+ people and their families.

The courageous panelists shared their personal journeys as lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals living in Belize with Pride.

“Discrimination and violence targeting LGBTQI+ persons hurt everyone because they limit our collective potential and create barriers to progress for humankind. No matter our differences, we all benefit from a fair and inclusive society, because we are stronger when every person is embraced and valued as they are,” the U.S. Embassy noted.

 

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