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    Jan062012

    Clinton asked to not forget intersex community

    Advocates for the intersex community have written to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to congratulate her recent landmark speech on LGBT rights, while also calling upon her to include the intersex community in her “quest to protect the dignity and rights of all humans”.

    Clinton had addressed the United Nations for International Human Rights Day with a speech focused on global LGBT issues. “Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights,” Clinton said at the time.

    While lauding Clinton’s speech, the United States branch of Organisation Intersex International (OII) has urged the politician to add “I” to the LGBT acronym when advocating for the LGBTI community and also to the State Department’s LGBT Task Force.

    “As you so eloquently stated in your address at the UN, ‘those who advocate for the expansion of the circle of human rights were and are on the right side of history,’” OII US chairperson Hida Viloria wrote. “Intersex people should be fully and equally included in this ‘circle of human rights.’”

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