COMMENTARY: Commemorating Pride Month

For over 50 years, people around the world have come together to celebrate Pride Month, when we recognize the beautiful diversity of LGBTQI+ communities while acknowledging that the movement to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons has been one of both struggle and progress.  Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Uprising, a fateful day in 1969 when LGBTQI+ people fought back against police mistreatment and discrimination.  Their act of protest led to the birth of a human rights movement.  That movement ultimately helped secure greater recognition of the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons and strengthened American democracy itself.  Countries are stronger when all people – regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics – are fully recognized as free and equal members of their society.

One of the leading human rights issues of our time is the treatment of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.  LGBTQI+ communities continue to live with unacceptable violence and discrimination. Those who seek to promote and protect the rights of LGBTQI+ persons are especially vulnerable to attack.  In too many countries today, access to LGBTQI+-related information is restricted and representation of LGBTQI+ issues is censored.  Too often, Pride events themselves are banned by governments or violently disrupted by those motivated by hatred.

The Department is working to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons in line with President Biden’s Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Around the World.  The State Department updated U.S. passport application policies to allow for gender self-certification and offered an “X” gender marker option.  We issued the annual Human Rights Reports that included robust coverage of the human rights abuses against LGBTQI+ persons.  We monitored court proceedings when LGBTQI+ persons were unjustly arrested.  We re-affirmed that LGBTQI+ persons and their families deserve full equality, and we stood with local advocates for marriage equality.  We spoke out when LGBTQI+ persons were the victims of hate crimes.  We also celebrated a milestone:  the Global Equality Fund passed the threshold of disbursing over $100 million dollars in over 100 countries to support the movement for the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons on the frontlines.  We conduct all of this work recognizing that Americans have much work to do to ensure equality and dignity for LGBTQI+ persons at home.

In celebration of Pride Month, the U.S. Department of State recommits to protecting and promoting the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.

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16 Comments

  1. Obtuse
    June 6, 2022

    Dominica – The land of Pedophile and Rapists.. just no gays or lesbians!

    Its worrying that Dominicans condone and protect child molesters and Rapists saying “its part of the culture”. Some of the biggest local entertainers, Bus drivers ( this is a MAJOR one) and even politicians are documented child molesters. We see it live in our face and do nothing to protect our little girls. but when two people decide to love each other in their private life we find the need to stick our nose in their business..

    The minds of Dominicans have been brainwashed by years of the colonial gaze and seeing everything through the lens of patriarchy…

    We continue to regress and only think of moving forward as how cool out we can get… WAKE UP DOMINICANS!!!!! The rest of the word has left us behind !!!

  2. Waiting For Airport
    June 6, 2022

    Rick, we do not support your gay agenda no!

    We support heterosexual men and women coming together to build families and have as many children as possible.

    And DNO need to stop taking money to impose this gay sh** on our people. We Dominicans reject lgbt in all its guises, we do not want you involved in our culture!!!

    ADMIN: We did not publish because we received any money (we have not been paid for this post). We have published this commentary because we maintain an open forum and support free speech.

  3. joseph charles
    June 4, 2022

    ABOMINATION!!!!!!

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  4. J.John-Charles
    June 3, 2022

    The U.S. is in a mess under Joe, and here you have Anthony Blinken telling us via DNO how the Biden administration is disbursing $100 million, in order to support and promote what God is calling an “abomination”
    Not too low ago Biden told us
    “If your son comes home and say to you. ” Daddy I am a girl” you should welcome him”
    God said “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” Isaiah 5:20

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  5. rolls jeanbaptiste
    June 3, 2022

    Why are we celebrating this Trash,God is watching Us.The day is coming when We will want too die and death will run away from Us.Repent for the end is at hand.

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  6. excuse me
    June 3, 2022

    What does this have to do with us in Dominica? We are a CHRISTIAN nation remember? We don’t celebrate this evil nonsense. This is an american invention. They should be sending these press reports to the islamic countries where no company or embassy dares to promote any of this garbage because if its one thing the muslims don’t play

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    • Not So Fast
      June 6, 2022

      This is actually a dark part of Islamic culture in some Arab states they’d rather you don’t get to know, behind the scenes, they keep this as well as continued enslavement of African people in tact by not enforcing any laws against these. It is entwined with sheiks, little boys and Mercedes Benz in remote weekend venues/getaways.

  7. Dominican Bwoi
    June 2, 2022

    DNO you’re a clown. You clearly posted this just for the controversy, but like I said before, batty man fi …..

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    • Channel 1
      June 3, 2022

      @Dominican Bwoi – It would be interesting to find out whether DNO was instructed, coerced, paid, co-opted to post this absolutely ridiculous article by agents of a certain foreign power who champion these sort of perversions in their country as progressive human rights.

      Sexual perversion & fantasy ARE NOT human rights!!!

      I repeat that with the legalization of homosexuality, EVERY OTHER sexual perversion out there will have to be legalized. There are increasing embolden & subtle arguments being put forward by certain groups in some quarters of the world that pedophilia ought not be viewed as an abnormality but rather as another normal sexual orientation. When that movement becomes strong enough & society desensitized to the idea, look out for the push to lower the age of consent.

      What next? The legalization of incest, bestiality, polygamy…? Utter rubbish!!!!

      “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” (Alexander Hamilton)

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      • Waiting For Airport
        June 7, 2022

        well they done start to legalise pedo already, we seeing that playing out infront us right now!

        The radio manager? The politician? the radio host? the notorius criminal? look now a popular entertainer! how many of them are in jail??? none!

        But the father that defended his child was arrested immediately.

        This kind of propaganda is the gateway to the perverse sh** we starting to see more of in the west. Teaching lgbt in school, every single netflix program is infected with lgbt, if you say a man is a man in social media you could lose your account, last week they had drag queens dancing for children. This is where the likes of DNO want to take us starting with propaganda like this.

        DNO you should be shame!!!

  8. Waiting For Airport
    June 2, 2022

    DNO here you go imposing outside agendas on us wether we like it or not.

    Our stance on LGBT is crystal clear, we do not support it. You know it and everybody in authority knows it. We supposedly live in a democracy and its clear that 99% of Dominicans do not support this.

    So why are you here imposing this propaganda on us? The Chinese consistently impose thier propaganda, the Americans and now here you go bending over backwards to accomodate gays in a country that is unapologetically outspoken against them!

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    • Rick
      June 4, 2022

      “we do not support it.” – you don’t support equality of people? That tells a lot about you…

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  9. jazz53
    June 2, 2022

    How powerful is Satan, A whole city was destroyed for this behavior, this is an evil spirit in the human family to make them believe what they are not?
    Genesis 19:1-11. Leviticus 18:22,20:13.and on and on. Let’s all pray.

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  10. Concerned Dominican
    June 2, 2022

    I’m a bit confused. Homosexuality is technically illegal in Dominica yet you are carrying pro-LGBT propaganda from a foreign government. And you are presenting it uncritically – literally just reposting an announcement from the US Government. Why?

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    • Ibo France
      June 3, 2022

      @Concerned Citizen

      You are so correct. This is my problem with DNO. It just reposts verbatim, articles and statements from their original sources. There is no depth just supremely superficial articles.

      This lifestyle is officially foreign and illegal to the governments in the Caribbean. However, DNO still publishes this hollow article to provoke controversy, conflict and animus.

      Instead of wasting your resources creating mischief, spend some solid time on investigative journalism. Dominica needs this aspect of news reporting to curb wanton corruption in high public places.

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    • Kevin
      June 3, 2022

      Last time I checked Dominica may be divided politically on numerous issues but if it’s one thing we all can come together on is the rejection of this western LGBTQ concept. The west is currently in ruins because of false ideologies they created, why would we want that in our blessed Dominica .

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