We are called the Humanity Project for a good reason. Our goal is to spread ideas that improve society at the grassroots level — showing individuals how cooperation and social connection can change their lives for the better. That’s the goal, for instance, when we teach elementary school children why bullying hurts bystanders and how bystanders can help to stop it. Our organization believes in humanity, despite all the ills of our modern world. But we are not in any way a political or religious group. We take no position on matters of domestic or foreign politics. Still, some issues transcend politics — and we feel one of those is the struggle by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to be treated as full human beings.
The LGBT debate ties in with the issue of bullying, of course. Many LGBT kids are tormented mercilessly at school by peers who know only that their targets are “different.” Some of these bullied young people have committed suicide. We were, then, profoundly pleased to watch a historic United Nations speech about human rights for the LGBT community worldwide, an address given this week by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You can watch that speech by clicking on this YouTube link: http://tinyurl.com/bsced4u. Secretary Clinton gave the speech as part of the International Human Rights Day. It is a courageous, stirring talk that outlines the case for LGBT rights clearly and compellingly. The Humanity Project supports these efforts wholeheartedly. Like Secretary Clinton, we believe that LGBT rights is one of the great moral challenges of our time — much as civil rights for African Americans was a central moral issue in the 1960s. When any human being is diminished, some portion of humanity also is diminished in real ways. That’s not just a nice thing to say. It’s a reality that stands up to critical analytical thought. The time has come for society to treat every person with respect regardless of sexual or gender issues, to encourage each individual to make their fullest contribution to the rest of us. The remarkable U.N. speech by Secretary Clinton is one more important step in that direction. And we say, “Bravo!”