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Officials have told NBC News that President Donald Trump’s administration wants to launch a global campaign to end criminalization of homosexuality.
Openly gay US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell will lead the campaign. An event to kickoff the initiative will take place in Berlin on Tuesday night.
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From NBC News:
The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality — mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.
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“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct,” said a U.S. official involved in organizing the event.
Although the decriminalization strategy is still being hashed out, officials say it’s likely to include working with global organizations like the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as other countries whose laws already allow for gay rights. Other U.S. embassies and diplomatic posts throughout Europe, including the U.S. Mission to the E.U., are involved, as is the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
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Narrowly focused on criminalization, rather than broader LGBT issues like same-sex marriage, the campaign was conceived partly in response to the recent reported execution by hanging of a young gay man in Iran, the Trump administration’s top geopolitical foe.
For this campaign to work, the administration will have to butt heads against the Middle East governments that Trump has strengthened ties with since he came into office.
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72 nations have laws against homosexuality and eight of them...
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