U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice released a video message today in honor of International Day Against Homophobia. “At the United Nations, the United States is standing up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and fighting to ensure that their voices are heard and protected,” Rice says in the video. “The United States was proud to co-sponsor and adopt an historic resolution at the UN Human Rights Council condemning human rights abuses and violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” “We will continue to work in every possible arena to protect communities and promote societies in which everyone — especially LGBT youth — can live safely and without fear regardless of who they are or whom they love. We call on all nations and all peoples to join us in ensuring that human rights are universally protected everywhere every day,” Rice went on to say. [Ambassador Rice ](http://usun.state.gov/leadership/c31461.htm)is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. She is likely to be tapped as the next National Security Advisor, according to a report in [Foreign Policy.](http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/15/will_benghazi_furor_keep_susan_rice_out_of_the_white_house)