Media Workshop

Ambassador Hardt Supports LGBT Rights as Core Human Rights at Media Workshop

At a Media Workshop on Coverage of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues in Guyana, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana D. Brent Hardt underscored that human rights are for all human beings, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. While expressing appreciation for religious and cultural sensitivities about LGBT issues, the Ambassador said it is “long past time to put our shared belief in the universality of human rights into action: into new laws and a new spirit of respect and solidarity for our fellow citizens.” He emphasized that gay rights are human rights, and pointed out that throughout history, "those who advocate for expanding the circle of human rights have been and remain on the right side of history," while those who have sought to restrict human rights were on the wrong side."

Ambassador's Remarks at Media LGBT Sensitization Workshop

Good morning. Thank you for being part of this path-breaking human rights workshop. In 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." There were no qualifications or fine print that said one's rights depend on who you love or what you believe. Human rights, as we have discovered often painfully in our own history, are for all human beings, or they are not rights at all.