|Trump not aware of Administration goal to decriminalize homosexuality on a worldwide scale.|
Yesterday, it was announced that the Trump Administration starting a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality on a worldwide scale. Many in the LGBTQ community met that announcement with a great deal of suspicion Subsequently, we were called out by some in and out of the community as being so hateful of Trump that we wouldn't give him credit for doing something beneficial to LGBTQs.
That wasn't true. Based upon the Trump's Administration past anti-LGBTQ actions and homophobic allies, we felt that we couldn't trust it to act in our best interest in this matter. And it turns out that we may have been right:
Trump has no idea about his administration’s push to decriminalize homosexuality around the world, per WH transcript from today’s pool spray: pic.twitter.com/fkzzE8OMFb— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) February 20, 2019
Let's go to video on this:
REPORTER: Mr President, on your push to decriminalize homosexuality, are you doing that? And why?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 20, 2019
TRUMP: Say it?
REPORTER: Your push to decriminalize homosexuality across the world.
TRUMP: I don't know which report you're talking about. We have many reports. Anybody else? pic.twitter.com/3eGVvMVXFt
Of course I'm sure that the Trump Administration will look to clarify (and claim that the media is biased) for the exchange.
The campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in antigay nations will be led by Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany and the highest-profile openly gay member of the Trump administration. It is ostensibly in response to the recent reported hanging of a man accused of being gay in Iran.
The move is considered to be part of the Trump administration’s strategy to reposition its issues with Iran under an umbrella of human rights so that European nations that have resisted supporting Trump on penalties against the country will get on board, according to NBC News.
Of course, using human rights as a means to achieve political ends has sparked criticism. Out magazine's Mathew Rodriguez called the campaign "an old racist tactic" and "another instance of the right using queer people as a pawn to amass power and enact its own agenda."
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