President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry released statements marking the 10th anniversary of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. (IDAHOT).

In his statement released Friday, Obama vowed to “recommit ourselves to the fundamental belief that all people should be treated equally, that they should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, and that no one should face violence or discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love.”

The president also noted efforts in other parts of the world to oppress LGBT persons.

“At a time when, tragically, we are seeing increased efforts to criminalize or oppress LGBT persons, we call on partners everywhere to join us in defending the equal rights of our LGBT brothers and sisters, and in ensuring they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Obama said.

In a tweet to followers, Biden wrote: “#LGBT rights are inseparable from human rights. Stop criminalizing. Stop discriminating. Stop the violence. #IDAHOT.”

Kerry echoed Biden's words, saying “human rights are universal.”

“But this must be more than a moment to celebrate how far we have come. We know that our work is not complete when countries enact laws targeting LGBT persons and their supporters. We know that our work is not complete when LGBT persons and their allies are harassed, arrested, and even killed simply because of who they are and who they love,” Kerry said in a statement.

“The United States condemns these senseless acts of violence and discrimination. Human rights are universal, and LGBT persons and their allies must be free to exercise them without fear of intimidation or reprisal.”

“When our LGBT brothers and sisters are threatened anywhere, it is a threat to freedom, justice and dignity of people everywhere. The United States will continue to protect and promote the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide this day and every day. Onward,” he added.

The annual May 17th event is the brainchild of Louis-Georges Tin, a professor and author of a number of books, including the Dictionary of Homophobia. IDAHOT celebrates the 1990 date homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Classifications of Diseases.