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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 03:19 AM

Trump administration on decriminalizing homosexuality: Do as we say, not as we do

LBN thread: Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality


Source: Think Progress

Trump administration on decriminalizing homosexuality: Do as we say, not as we do

The administration voted previously against a U.N. resolution condemning the use of the death penalty to punish homosexuality.

The Trump administration is reportedly launching a campaign to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. According to NBC News, Iran is one of the primary targets of the effort, drawing attention to President Donald Trump’s history of conflating support for the LGBTQ community with Islamophobic messaging.

The catalyst for the decision appears to have been Iran’s hanging of a gay man in January. Iran has long been one of Trump’s biggest international foes, and the president has repeatedly threatened the nation against pushing back on the administration’s decision to reimpose sanctions that were rolled back under the Iran nuclear deal.

Leading the new campaign is Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany. Grenell, an openly gay man and ultra-conservative, lashed out after the hanging, calling it “a wake-up call for anyone who supports basic human rights.”

Grenell himself has frequently pushed the concept of homonationalism in his social media posts. The term “homonationalism,” HuffPost notes, was coined by Rutgers University professor Jasbir K. Puar in 2007 and is considered “the intersection of gay identity and nationalist ideology” — including the reinforcement of Islamophobia.


Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/trump-administration-decriminalize-homosexuality-anti-lgbtq-homophobia-d926f03cbaa4/

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