Trump Administration Launches Effort To Decriminalize Homosexuality Globally

NBC News: Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality
“The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it’s still illegal to be gay, U.S. officials tell NBC News, a bid aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record. U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kick[ed] off Tuesday evening in Berlin…” (Lederman, 2/19).

Vox: The Trump administration reportedly wants to push countries to decriminalize homosexuality
“…The new initiative is still in its planning stages, but will reportedly push countries that still criminalize homosexuality to change their laws. Gay people are still at risk of prosecution or punishment in dozens of countries, including parts of Africa and the Middle East. But the U.S.’s desire to isolate Iran may have helped inspire this global initiative. The Trump administration has made getting tough on Iran the centerpiece of its foreign policy, and it has often called out the oppression of the regime…” (Kirby, 2/19).

Additional coverage of the plan is available from Fox News (2) and The Hill.

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