The highest ranking openly homosexual man in the Trump administration, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, is leading an effort to end human rights violations against members of the LGBTQ community worldwide. Even in 2019, there are still dozens of nations who have some sort of restrictions on homosexuality, some to the point of capital punishment simply for being gay.
“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.
Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality https://t.co/Swp155Xz85
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) February 19, 2019
Some will say this is a political stunt ahead of the 2020 election to bolster the President’s standing with the LGBTQ community, but this notion is clearly false. It doesn’t matter what the President does or does not do. The general LGBTQ community will always side with the Democrats.
If there’s any political expediency involved in this move, it’s in the President’s efforts to call out Iran for their roles in human rights violations. Doing so may not help him get reelected and it’s unlikely many mainstream media news outlets will even cover this development, but the fact that he’s making the effort without the potential for kudos is righteous, albeit surprising.
This will not endear him to the LBGTQ community in the United States, but if it helps prevent persecution of people abroad, then it’s a worthwhile effort. Of course, this was supposed to be the President who ended LGBTQ rights, at least according to his enemies.