Trump administration is pushing for the end to the global criminalization of homosexuality

An activist in Ukraine’s first gay pride demonstration seen through the rainbow flag in Kiev, Ukraine, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
(The Associated Press)

The U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is spearheading a bid by the Trump management for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in dozens of countries around the world.

State Department Deputy spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters on Tuesday that Grenell and his staff were holding a “strategy meeting” in Berlin, with 11 activists of the “other countries in Europe.” The initiative was first reported by NBC News.

“This is really not a major policy departure. This is a long-standing and bipartisan,” Palladino said. “I would say this is a good opportunity to hear and discuss ideas about how the United States can pre-decriminalisation of homosexuality around the world, and this is our policy.”

NBC reported that the strikes in part to denounce Iran over its human rights record. Grenell, who is openly gay, has dates to the harshest critics of Tehran to the trumps of the Embassy.

The U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Earlier this month, Grenell wrote a guest article in the German tabloid Bild, in which he the recent public execution of a 31-year-old Iranian man, criticized, accused, against the country, the strict anti-gay sex laws. Iran’s state media reported that the man kidnapped two 15-year-old boy.

Grenell is a Wake-up call, wrote that the execution “should be for anyone who supports basic human rights … Barbaric public executions are only too common in a country where consensual homosexual relations are criminalized and punished, flogged, and death.”

“In Iran, where children from nine can be sentenced to death, gay teenagers hanged in public to frighten and intimidate, the other from” the Ambassador. “Iran’s terrible deeds are shown at eye-level with the brutality and savagery regularly by ISIS.”

On Monday, Grenell is a response to a video clip tweeted by Iran’s foreign Minister Javad Zarif, addressing the Munich conference on security policy in Germany over the weekend. In the clip, Zarif said: “I am for human rights, professor. I human rights taught to have for over 30 years. So, I have concerns about the human rights. I believe that human rights must be respected. I believe that human rights for [Iran] is a security requirement, not a moral fineness. It is a safety requirement … protection of their rights protecting their freedoms is not only a moral obligation for us, it is a national security requirement for us.”


“A professor, to hang help gay students?” Grenell tweeted, adding: “the criminalisation of homosexuality is in direct violation of the universal Declaration of human rights. #totalBS”

A 2017 report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association found that same-sex are criminalized relations in 72 countries, most of them in the Middle East, in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The report found that Iran was one of the eight countries in which homosexual activity can result in the death penalty, along with Sudan, Yemen, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, parts of Somalia and Nigeria.

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