NATO Secretary General marks International Day Against Homophobia
NATO marked the International Day Against Homophobia on Wednesday (17 May 2017) with a tweet by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He said: “LGBT people everywhere deserve dignity, inclusion and freedom from fear. Diversity makes our open societies stronger and safer.”
NATO was a world leader in recognising same-sex marriage. The organisation extended equal spousal benefits to same-sex couples in July 2002, at a time when only one country in the world – the Netherlands – recognised same-sex marriage.
NATO is committed to diversity. Organisation policy strictly forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation, as well as sex, race or ethnic origin, religion, nationality, disability, or age.