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Mainstream Media Ignores Hillary’s Landmark U.N. Speech, Anti-Gay Groups Lose Their Shit Over It

Yesterday, President Obama gave international gay rights a serious boost when he issued a memorandum saying fair treatment of LGBT people worldwide is a priority of the administration.

Secretary Clinton did him one better, though, when she took to the microphone before the United Nations in Geneva and delivered a 30-minute speech (13-minute version above) highlighting her belief that human rights and gay rights are one and the same, and that we need to start providing aid to marginalized LGBT people across the world.

She acknowledged that America still has a way to go herself:

I speak about this subject knowing that my own country’s record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect. Until 2003, it was still a crime in parts of our country. Many LGBT Americans have endured violence and harassment in their own lives, and for some, including many young people, bullying and exclusion are daily experiences. So we, like all nations, have more work to do to protect human rights at home.

Seeing as this is the first time a United States politician has vocally promoted gay rights on an international level, in no uncertain terms, the mainstream was quick to pay attention, right?

Um, not quite.

ThinkProgress’ Igor Volsky noted that “while MSNBC devoted four separate segments to the administration’s announcement—with ample coverage from Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell— and Fox News even included the story in Bret Baier’s Special Report, CNN, ABC World News, and the CBS Evening News ignored it entirely.” He also notes that the NBC Nightly News “did cover the story at the top of the program.”

And, of course, right-wing wing nuts are completely freaking out over this. Click through for the reactions from anachronistic Christian groups, objectionable Republican presidential candidates, and “stony-faced” anti-gay diplomats.

NEXT: How did the Right respond?

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On:           Dec 7, 2011
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    • Jake

      I absolutely love Mrs Clinton. Intelligent, eloquent and bigger balls than everyone else in American politics. Bravo Hillary, you’d have my vote!

      Dec 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chink change

      I applaud Mrs. Rodham. She’s a heroine for our time.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      That woman should have been president. What a missed opportunity. (I am black man.)

      Dec 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kaio

      USA should decide if they want to be like northern Europe, where societies are thriving and developed, or backwards like Africa. You know Ricky will take you there…

      Dec 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

      Strange the Mrs. Clinton could give that speech at the UN, but I doubt Pres. Obama would have made the same speech to his own Congress.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt

      Queerty write: “Yesterday, President Obama gave international gay rights a serious boost’

      Yesterday, you bad-mouthed him and belittled this action. Doesn’t Queerty have a consistent editorial policy?

      Dec 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike

      Hillary Clinton has a track record of major human rights violations. She knows why she was in Geneva. She knows that UN officials are about to slap her administration for allowing one of her own citizens — a gay American soldier at that — to be tortured and sexually humiliated in custody. The Obama administration continues to repeatedly violate our civil and human rights. So it’s great that good things may potentially happen to some gay people as long as helping them doesn’t cross Hillary’s primary commitment to her pro-corporate foreign policy agenda. But for us to say she’s this great person on human rights ignores the fact that she as a person has a terrible record. Think twice before you gulp down what at first glance appears to be an appetizing glass of kool-aid.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike Hipp

      I’m trying to figure out the political calculations that brought this about. From where I sit he loses more domestically than he gains. It’s a huge boost to the LGBT and Ally community but we were pretty much going to vote for him anyway. Who else’s support did he pick up with this action?

      I have a hard time believing it was a selfless act.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito

      Too bad Hillary Clinton didn’t win the Democratic nomination.

      She’s smart and she’s fearless. She knows where all the bodies are buried and has battled the sharks in the GOP for more than 25 years.

      Unlike Barack Obama who worships Ronald Reagan and jumps into the safety of Michelle’s arms anytime John Boehner or Mitch McConnell says “boo”, Hillary knows how to stand her ground. She doesn’t back down.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Henry

      Way to go, Hilary! In the professional opinion of two psychologists I’ve consulted, Charles Rozier has dramatic and enduring paranoid features, which qualify him indefinitely for a stay at the looney bin. They’ve told me they have deep concerns about him interacting with young people in the classroom, but I go a little farther. In my view, he shouldn’t even be able to drive.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GayGOP

      I am a staunch opponent of Foreign Aid for any purpose, including military and humanitarian purposes in almost all, maybe 99%, of cases. However, if we are to continue the stupidity of spending money protecting non-Americans, we ought to condition it on requiring countries to abide by what Secretary Clinton rightly pointed out are American values, such as secular democracy, and LGBT rights. We may not practice it, but rightly, we preach it. Now if we could do so in our own country.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pedro

      @JEREMIE: So what does your color have to do with it…Get a fucking clue please!

      Dec 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pedro

      @christopher di spirito: Are you people idiots, she works for the Obama administration…Do you think that she said one word in that speech that wasn’t first vetted by the administration? She was directed by her CIC to give that speech…Don’t forget that Hillary(whom I admire) less than a year ago stated in Australia that she did not support gay marriage(the same position as her CIC)…Yet you people love her and have disdain for Obama…

      Dec 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kurt

      @Pedro: Amen, Pedro. If any low level Administration appointee said anything mildly disagreeable, Queerty would be blaming the President. The Secretary of State speaks for the Administration.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave

      Anyone who refers to the lives of LGBT folks as “lifestyles” should immediately and without question be dragged away and killed by bludgeoning with a giant penis sculpture, à la Clockwork Orange.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran

      Isn’t 75 the median age of the typical CBS, NBC or ABC News viewer?

      Dec 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hephaestion

      Bravo Hillary! Anytime you wanna run for president, girl, we got your back!

      Dec 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hephaestion

      Bravo to Obama, too! As Pedro above stated, he had to have approved her speech.

      Never forget this: Democrats=progress for gays. Republicans=repression & absence of justice for gays.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Of COURSE the Mainstream news ignored it.

      These are the same people that would have on George REckers or MAggie Gallagher as an “Expert”.

      They would rather be part of the problem than risk getting one letter from a bigot.

      Dec 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ripper

      @christopher di spirito: A lot of your comments seem angry and full of bile, chris. I think it’s long overdue you took a chill pill. You could take one every night before bed. How does that sound?

      Dec 8, 2011 at 8:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TomMc

      Amusing how the FRC would cite the “sharply divided” UN; a group that they’d demolish if given the chance.

      Dec 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave

      Funny I am a republican and I support Marriage, any kind of marriage, be it Gay or Straight. But here as one stated I apparently am against it and want to regress away from LGBT right, when in fact I don’t. I think that if you want to protect the values of marriage make Divorce illegal, because that is what is ruining marriage. Marriage to me is the union of two individuals that love one another. Just my two cents, but please don’t stereotype all Republicans because of the ones that are on TV they dont speak for all of us.

      Dec 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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