Trump administration launches campaign to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide
By Bil Browning · Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Donald Trump said that he would be “better for the gay community” during the campaign, but his Justice Department is arguing against progress in LGBT rights made during the Obama Administration. Associated Press
In a surprise move, the Trump administration has announced it will lead a global campaign aimed at decriminalizing homosexuality worldwide. The move is seen as a thinly veiled attempt to shame Iran for human rights violations.
Trump’s presidency has been marked by repeated human rights violations and non-stop attacks on the LGBTQ community. At last count, Trump has deliberately taken actions that would harm the LGBTQ community at least 92 times.
Richard Grenell, Trump’s far-right ambassador to Germany, will lead the initiative. Grenell is an out gay Republican with a long history of making sexist and offensive comments on social media.
Grenell is being shunned by the leaders of his host country and the “vain” and “narcissistic” diplomat is increasingly isolated according to current and former diplomats and officials from both sides of the Atlantic.
“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct,” a U.S. official involved in organizing the event told NBC News.
The actions follow reports that Iran executed a gay man by hanging. Trump has obsessively decried a treaty aimed at denuclearizing the country. He withdrew the United States from the agreement shortly after taking office, spurring worldwide criticism from our allies who are part of the deal.
Grenell has been an outspoken critic of Iran and an apologist for the administration’s nonstop attacks on LGBTQ people.
“This is not the first time the Iranian regime has put a gay man to death with the usual outrageous claims of prostitution, kidnapping, or even pedophilia. And it sadly won’t be the last time,” Grenell wrote in an op-ed for a German newspaper.
“Barbaric public executions are all too common in a country where consensual homosexual relationships are criminalized and punishable by flogging and death.”
Despite international outcry after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered at the direction of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Trump refused to take the country to task. The president has multiple business interests in the country.
Saudi Arabia is notorious for its human rights violations – including the criminalization and execution of LGBTQ people.
I wouldn’t trust President Trump as far as I could throw a double-decker bus – and that – considering my great age – would be not anywhere! My question here – at this news report from the U.S. – is: “What is this devious man up to? What is it this time around that he is trying to achieve by this complete turnaround from his dismissal of the LGBTQ+ Rights achieved by a previous Administration?”
Despite his assurance before achieving the Presidency that he would be continuing to advance the LGBTQ+ cause; the record shows that he has breached this promise no less than 92 times – occasions when he has gone directly against the established interests of gay people that had already been secured before he came to power!
No doubt the wily Trump has a completely other agenda he wishes to pursue – that requires his epic turnaround on this issue. I wouldn’t trust this little blip in his remorseless drive to secure his own interests. Americans! Don’t buy rainbow flags just yet awhile. Wait until the dust settles from this little adventure!
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand