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Trump Administration Developing Global Campaign to End Criminalization of Homosexuality

Trump Administration Developing Global Campaign to End Criminalization of Homosexuality

Openly gay Ambassador Richard Grenell will lead the campaign.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

72 nations have laws against homosexuality and eight of them have it as a crime punishable by death. This includes Saudi Arabia, one of our the biggest Middle East allies. Trump celebrated a visit to Oman by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he risks alienating them since the country sentences homosexuals to prison.

Grenell condemned the hanging that took place in Iran:

Grenell called the hanging “a wake-up call for anyone who supports basic human rights,” in Bild, a leading German newspaper, this month.

“This is not the first time the Iranian regime has put a gay man to death with the usual outrageous claims of prostitution, kidnapping, or even pedophilia. And it sadly won’t be the last time,” Grenell wrote. “Barbaric public executions are all too common in a country where consensual homosexual relationships are criminalized and punishable by flogging and death.”

He added that “politicians, the U.N., democratic governments, diplomats and good people everywhere should speak up — and loudly.”

Grenell urged people in his op-ed in Bild that people need to keep speaking out against brutality towards gay people in places like Iran and Chechnya:

“While a student at Evangel University, a Christian liberal arts college in Missouri, I was taught by biblical scholars that all truth is God’s truth, no matter where it is found. The truth for LGBT people is that we were born gay,” Grenell wrote. “People can disagree philosophically about homosexuality, but no person should ever be subject to criminal penalties because they are gay.”

But I thought Trump hated the gays and Vice President Mike Pence wanted to put them in camps!

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This is a great move since, as you point out, it is mostly the Islamic countries that outlaw this.

The left is going to have a hard time figuring out how to criticize this one. They’ll probably just try to pretend it never happened.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Tom Servo. | February 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Yes. Absolutely Brilliant!

    Boxes the Evil Leftist, Progressive Democrats into Dropping their Vile, Deceitful Masks into revealing they really don’t support gay rights or the gay BLT at all. (Sorry, after 4 letters they lost me so it’s now and forever the Gay BLT to me.)

    Milhouse in reply to Tom Servo. | February 19, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Of course they’ll ignore it, just as they ignored GWB’s massive achievement fighting AIDS in Africa.

      Do it anyway. Do what you can, when you can, within reason and reconciliation. Principles, including individual dignity, intrinsic value, and perhaps inordinate worth, matter.

    “President Donald Trump’s administration wants to launch a global campaign to end criminalization of homosexuality.”

    LGBT activists: This just more Trump trickery to distract us from his hate crimes! We’re not giving up, Drumpf! We see you for the Nazi you are!


    guyjones in reply to Tom Servo. | February 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    The hypocritical and morally bankrupt Left is unable to reconcile its alleged and loudly-professed support for women, gays and religious minorities, with their fetish for all things Islamic, and, Islam’s oppression of, and, violence towards, all three of those groups, throughout the world.

    Let the Leftists try to defend their default posture of perpetually whitewashing, rationalizing and otherwise ignoring Islam’s intrinsic supremacism, totalitarianism, misogyny, belligerence, anti-secularism and anti-religious pluralism.

    Leftists have gotten away with enabling and promoting Islamic totalitarianism for far too long — it’s way past time they were called out on this stuff.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm



That sound you hear is more Democrat Slaves being ripped free of the Demcrat Party, and the Demcrat Slave Owners (politicians) wailing wailing wailing and nashing their teeth.

I don’t care if this does not make much head way overseas because it so great to rip more enslaved Demcrat “special interest” groups out of their evil control.

Escaped from RI | February 19, 2019 at 3:41 pm

But, but, but….Orange Man Bad. Orange Man Homophobe. Orange Man Racist.

Funny how “racist” DJT was getting awards from Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition for putting blacks and gays in boardrooms and his country clubs when Bill Clinton was campaigning in front of Confederate Battle Flags and signing the Defense of Marriage Act.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Escaped from RI. | February 19, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Guess you’ve seen things such as the below?

    Brad Polumbo
    ‏ @brad_polumbo
    22h22 hours ago

    “Many progressives see gay people like me who cross party lines not as independent thinkers who must be wooed back with fresh ideas, but as traitors worthy of contempt.”


You won’t see this on the Evening News.

Ok, sounds good, but there’s room for some slippery double-dealing here. The key is the “[Narrow focus] on criminalization, rather than broader LGBT issues like same-sex marriage”. And that “LGBT activists” thing sets off the alarms. “Activists” are the people hunting for bakers they can sue when they’re reluctant to cater their damn “weddings.” They’re also the people who insist they have a fundamental civil right to dick around with the language at whim, which obviously they don’t—and nobody else does, either. And of course they’ve been major pushers of the legal perversion of “hate crimes”.

But if US pressure can get the Muslims to stop throwing the gay guys off rooftops, I’m all for it.

And the ACLU tweeted the following, in response:

“The Trump administration regularly tries to obliterate protections of LGBTQ people domestically. This “global effort” is an attempt to use people as political props while also eroding our longstanding civil rights protections in federal law. We won’t be fooled.”

Seriously. Because ending the criminalization of homosexuality is BAD if President Trump is for it.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Anonamom. | February 19, 2019 at 4:03 pm


    Today’s ACLU is as relevant as a bicycle to an eel fish.

    Political congruence (“=”) is bad policy, which like its Pro-Choice cousin, is selective and opportunistic.

    That said, next step, end discrimination by age (notably selective-child), and recognize a legal right to life, due process, and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. Elective abortion should not be considered lightly and without reconciliation.

While the homosexual quasi-gender does not have a redeeming value to society or humanity, and as such does not merit normalization, it is also not a progressive condition and does not pose a threat or risk to viability, and does not warrant rejection (e.g. Pro-Choice). It is as most behaviors merely tolerable, perhaps a bit more as it involves consensual human relationships. That said, tolerance of the homosexual quasi-gender is a good first step, which will hopefully not progress the doctrine of political congruence (“=”), and will not be limited to politically favorable classes determined by color, sex, etc., and diversity generally.

    mrboxty in reply to n.n. | February 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    We’ve gone from tolerance to forced acceptance.

      Yeah, that’s a harsh invention, but it’s only a mild perturbation for people who are tolerant in principle. Normalization, on the other hand, political congruence (“=”), selective, and exclusive, is a bitter pill to swallow. The semantic games played to force it, are not fun, and cost real people life, [dignity], liberty, and happiness. That said, the adversity stoked by diversity produces clear and progressive collateral damage.

      gourdhead in reply to mrboxty. | February 20, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Yes indeed. I can’t wait for the next shoe to drop, like legalized animal sex.

The left – when they’re not stuffing this news under the carpet and ignoring it – will just denounce the Trump administration of pinkwashing and continue on as before with their homophobia accusations – the same way they treat Israel.

I sure hope Trump is doing this because he believes it the right thing to do, because he’s certainly not going to buy even an ounce of love from the left for this.

The Leftist anti-Trumpers will still find a way to criticize POTUS for this move.

These people are insane and infantile zealots — policy doesn’t matter, nor do results.

Morally this is good, since no one chooses his or her sexual orientation. Being allegedly anti-gay has hurt Republicans among one of the most productive demographics in America, one that almost ought to be in the R column.

I applaud this move.

It’s ethically and politically savvy.

Imagine that. A mere month after Jussie Smollette was chased down the street by MAGA lynchers.

In a secularized society such as modern Western Civilization, I can agree that decriminalization of homosexuality is a good idea.

Still, in a religious theocracy that is not only trying to preserve its heritage but especially what it believes to be the Divine Law on the subject, I’m not sure that advocating for decriminalization is best. Certainly, the inhumane way that transgressors are treated in majority-Muslim countries (if reports be true) is bad, but an offender of such a law could still be treated with sympathy and care while the law remains.

In a theocracy that hopes to keep the substance of the law as a general way of life, I don’t see how you could decriminalize the act, and then have special interest groups inevitably and strenuously advocate for it on television (etc.). To decriminalize the act may be tantamount to lose to some extent your identity.

buckeyeminuteman | February 19, 2019 at 9:35 pm

If countries want to have those laws, who is America go try go stop them? Let’s focus on the wall and stop tilting at all these little wind mills for a change.

This particular battle is so far down on my list that I cannot even find it.

Stick the knife in then twist in the Arab middle east. If you don’t understand the international politics of this you need to read a bit more. Think Iran and what we are doing there.

This is just a stupid move, sounds like more of Ivanka’s meddling (paid family leave, etc.). There are already quite enough problems to deal with in foreign policy without unnecessarily adding another that goes against the laws, cultures and religions of a good portion of the world (not just Muslims). Government is not the avenue for pursuing such policy.

Homosexuality is on the devil’s list, “these are a few of my favorite things” – ““…the Commander in Chief … with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes [sodomy]…” George Washington ”

PersonofInterests | February 21, 2019 at 11:40 am


We can remove Christianity from the Education System that teaches our kids, but try to remove the LGBTQ “Religion” and watch what happens.

And that is EXACTLY what has been going on. Most couldn’t care less who others sleep with until these people, as they have been doing, use their positions as teachers, politicians, and others to promote and advance their view that marriage is NOT between one woman and one man; propagating by way of having others birth their children or via adoptions is the “Natural Way” to reproduce the specie of man despite no historical evidence that Neanderthals and others employed such means for milleniums; and that all of their “Religion” is hereditary ergo, they are just victims.

I see this as a tactic to erode another dependable element of the Demtard’s voter base as obviously the elements of Woment, Blacks, and Hispanics have already been eroded. No wonder the Demtard Party needs illegal aliens and voter fraud to secure a small vestage of the power they held before Obola destroyed the Party.