US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people from around the world in a speech entitled 'Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights' during the International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva on December 6, 2011. Hillary Clinton called today for an end to gender discrimination in the world and announced the creation of a fund to support the fight against the discrimination of gay, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. AFP PHOTO / POOL / J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE (Photo credit should read J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AFP/Getty Images)

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