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Sen. Markey Introduces International Human Rights Defense Act

Blogs discuss Sen. Edward Markey’s (D-Mass.) introduction in the Senate of the International Human Rights Defense Act (.pdf), which would make LGBT rights a U.S. foreign policy priority.

RH Reality Check: The Right to Dignity: Prioritizing LGBTQ Human Rights in U.S. Foreign Policy
M.A. Keifer of Advocates for Youth notes, “On Friday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), along with 24 co-sponsors, introduced a bill that aims to ensure the rights of the international LGBTQ community are at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy, by directing the State Department to author a strategy aimed at preventing and responding to discrimination and violence…” (6/16).

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Senator Markey introduces global LGBT human rights bill
Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses some of the directives in the bill, including the creation of the position of “Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Peoples” in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, “which will be responsible for all inter-bureau and inter-agency coordination of the United States government’s efforts to defend human rights for the LGBT community internationally…” (6/16).