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Video | U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at State Department gay pride event in Washington

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday spoke at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) Pride Event at the U.S Department of State in Washington, D.C.

"We are leading with a global equality fund. This is a public-private partnership that includes like minded governments and private-sector leaders," Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzra Zeya told the Miami Herald. "Just this week we welcomed two new partners to the initiative, Iceland and Finland, and a new private sector partner, John D. Evans Foundation, the founder of CSPAN. In a little over a year, we’ve spent $4 million in 25 countries to expand LGBT rights."

Kerry was joined at the pride event by U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Judy and Dennis Shepard of the Matthew Shepard Foundation were guests of honor at the event.

Click here to read a complete transcript of Kerry's remarks.

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