Trump Administration to Launch Effort to Decriminalize Homosexuality Overseas

Melanie Arter | February 20, 2019 | 2:18pm EST
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SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - JULY 1: Participants attend the San Jose's Gay Pride Parade at Paseo Colon Avenue on July 01, 2018 in San Jose, Costa Rica.(Photo by Arnoldo Robert/Getty Images)

The Trump administration plans to launch a global effort to decriminalize homosexuality overseas.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which includes flying in LGBT activists from Europe for a strategy dinner aimed at decriminalizing homosexuality in places like the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean, NBC News reported.

Planning for the effort reportedly began before UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced plans to resign.


The Human Rights Campaign greeted the news with skepticism, the Daily Beast reported.

“If this commitment is real, we have a lot of questions about their intentions and commitments, and are eager to see what proof and action will follow,” Human Rights Campaign senior international policy advocate Jeremy Kadden said in a statement.

He accused the administration of turning “a blind eye” to violence against LGBT people in Chechnya that has gone on for years and working to undermine the equality of LGBT people domestically.

“Donald Trump and Mike Pence have turned a blind eye to a campaign of violence and murder targeting LGBTQ people in Chechnya that has stretched on for two years,” said Kadden.

“They have turned away LGBTQ people fleeing violence and persecution and sent them back to countries that criminalize them, and have consistently worked to undermine the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families here at home from day one,” he added.


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