John M. Becker

Sec. Kerry Condemns Gambian President's Anti-LGBT Speech

Filed By John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: anti-gay rants, Gambia, John Kerry, Yahya Jammeh

John_Kerry_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait.jpgEarlier this week Yahya Jammeh, the president/dictator of the west African nation of Gambia, delivered a speech containing vicious anti-LGBT rhetoric. He called gays "vermin," pledged that his country would fight gays "the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively," and said that "LGBT" stands for "leprosy, gonorrhea, bacteria and tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence."

Yesterday evening, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement condemning Jammeh's remarks and expressing support for LGBT people:

The United States is deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National Day speech on February 18. All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation. We call on the Government of The Gambia to protect the human rights of all Gambians, and we encourage the international community to send a clear signal that statements of this nature have no place in the public dialogue and are unacceptable.

Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. The United States stands by you no matter where you are and no matter who you love.


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