Equality is a core value of American history; it is our heritage and our hope. On Saturday, I was honored to deliver remarks at a "Friends of the Pink Triangle' ceremony commemorating the LGBT victims of the Holocaust. On that day, we came together to remember and reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust; to recognize how far we have come and to acknowledge how much we have left to do on the march to equality and respect.
Around the world, members of LGBT communities may not be marked by a pink triangle anymore, yet their lives are still marked by violence and prejudice of the worst kind. That is why we must make it a priority to put an end to laws criminalizing an entire group's sexual orientation and increase access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care abroad. We must work to advance understanding, educate others about the past, and act to prevent atrocities in the future.