DCM Remarks at LGBT Pride Month Reception

Good afternoon everyone.

I would like to welcome our guests from outside the Embassy. We are very happy to have you here this afternoon.

A central tenet of the U.S. Declaration of Independence is the idea that all human beings are created equal, and that we all have unassailable rights. Among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

American history has taught us the fight for fundamental human rights has been a never-ending journey, and one that we cannot let up on now. From achieving independence, to emancipation, to women’s right to vote and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we have been on a continuous path to realize the ideal that we are all created equal.

The LGBTI community is no exception to the rule. From the Stonewall Inn riots in 1969 that sparked movements across the region, to the recent legalization of same-sex marriages, the pursuit of rights has been arduous and filled with obstacles.

And yet, the accomplishments of the LGBTI movement are inspirational. They confirm once again that through courage, a sense of community, strong political will, and dogged persistence, average citizens can change lives for the better.

Mexico has been on a similar quest to expand rights. In the 1970s, women obtained equality before the law, and the Mexican government recognized worker’s rights to affordable housing, leading to the establishment of INFONAVIT.

In that same decade, a group of Mexican men and women started to pave the way to increase tolerance by marching for gay and lesbian rights. Thanks to those brave individuals, we are here today to celebrate equality, empowerment, and freedom.

This month in Mexico, we commemorate 40 years of ever-expanding rights. We also remember and honor the individuals who have perished along the way imagining a future we are lucky to live today. As this year’s Pride slogan states: “Cuarenta años viviendo en libertad ¡No renunciaremos!”

However, there is still more work ahead. Each of us has a role to play in educating each other, so together we can eradicate discrimination and promote social inclusion.

As neighbors, we are each on our own path toward a shared goal. We remain committed to the idea all human beings are created equal and deserve the same fundamental rights.

I hope you enjoy today’s celebration.

Thank you all for coming.

Good afternoon everyone.

I would like to welcome our guests from outside the Embassy. We are very happy to have you here this afternoon.

A central tenet of the U.S. Declaration of Independence is the idea that all human beings are created equal, and that we all have unassailable rights. Among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

American history has taught us the fight for fundamental human rights has been a never-ending journey, and one that we cannot let up on now. From achieving independence, to emancipation, to women’s right to vote and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we have been on a continuous path to realize the ideal that we are all created equal.

The LGBTI community is no exception to the rule. From the Stonewall Inn riots in 1969 that sparked movements across the region, to the recent legalization of same-sex marriages, the pursuit of rights has been arduous and filled with obstacles.

And yet, the accomplishments of the LGBTI movement are inspirational. They confirm once again that through courage, a sense of community, strong political will, and dogged persistence, average citizens can change lives for the better.

Mexico has been on a similar quest to expand rights. In the 1970s, women obtained equality before the law, and the Mexican government recognized worker’s rights to affordable housing, leading to the establishment of INFONAVIT.

In that same decade, a group of Mexican men and women started to pave the way to increase tolerance by marching for gay and lesbian rights. Thanks to those brave individuals, we are here today to celebrate equality, empowerment, and freedom.

This month in Mexico, we commemorate 40 years of ever-expanding rights. We also remember and honor the individuals who have perished along the way imagining a future we are lucky to live today. As this year’s Pride slogan states: “Cuarenta años viviendo en libertad ¡No renunciaremos!”

However, there is still more work ahead. Each of us has a role to play in educating each other, so together we can eradicate discrimination and promote social inclusion.

As neighbors, we are each on our own path toward a shared goal. We remain committed to the idea all human beings are created equal and deserve the same fundamental rights.

I hope you enjoy today’s celebration.

Thank you all for coming.