Joint U.S.-Denmark Statement on Supporting the Human Rights of LGBT Persons Through the Global Equality Fund

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 20, 2015

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States and Denmark.

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The United States and Denmark recognize that supporting human rights is the responsibility of all governments and peoples, and that the human rights of LGBT persons are not different or separate from the human rights of any other persons. Defending the human rights of LGBT persons is part of our shared human rights policies, and of our respective foreign policies. As part of its commitment to these values, on Friday, April 17, Denmark announced an additional pledge to increase its support to the Global Equality Fund by three million Danish kroner. This contribution builds off an earlier contribution Denmark made to the Fund in 2014. As part of its contribution, Denmark will continue to work with the United States and other like-minded partners — including the governments of Chile, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the Arcus Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, LLH: the Norwegian LGBT Organization, the MAC AIDS Fund, Deloitte, the Royal Bank of Canada, Hilton Worldwide, the Human Rights Campaign and Out Leadership — to build on our shared commitment and partnership to advance freedom, equality, and dignity for all.

The international community plays a leading role in promoting universal human rights and non-discrimination around the world. Through the Global Equality Fund, like-minded governments, foundations, and corporations work together to affirm a consistent global message that LGBT rights are human rights. The Fund’s Partners also work together in support of civil society organizations working to advance tolerance and respect for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Working collectively not only increases our effectiveness, but also helps to further the belief that ensuring the ability of LGBT persons to live safely, freely, and without discrimination is a growing priority among many governments as well as non-governmental partners. The United States and Denmark will continue to focus our mutual efforts on combating human rights abuses against LGBT persons, wherever they occur, to ensure that all persons are free to lead their lives with dignity and equality.

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For further information, please contact Valerie Wheat at or (202) 647-4129.