New York City – Alex Bollinger write for LGBTQ Nation that President Joe Biden called on the world to do more to protect LGBTQ people while addressing the U.N. General Assembly, which angered gay conservatives in the U.S. “We all must defend the rights of LGBTQI individuals so they can live and love openly without fear, whether it’s Chechnya, or Cameroon, or anywhere,” Biden said on September 21 in his speech, referring to two specific countries that have made international headlines for state-sanctioned anti-LGBTQ arrests, internments, and violence in the recent past. “As we pursue diplomacy across the board, the United States will champion the democratic values that go to the very heart of who we are as a nation and a people – freedom, equality, opportunity, and a belief in the universal rights of all people,” he said, putting LGBTQ rights in the context of human rights. The LGBTQ organization Human Rights Campaign thanked Biden for bringing up the anti-LGBTQ violence.
But, the Log Cabin Republicans – an organization for LGBTQ Republicans – immediately issued a statement denouncing Biden for calling on the world to defend LGBTQ rights without mentioning Donald Trump. “President Trump pushed an historic and unprecedented campaign at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world,” Log Cabin President Charles Moran said. “Sadly, President Biden addressed the U.N. today and tragically failed to mention the Decriminalization campaign at all . . . President Biden could have created an uncomfortable moment for those countries in attendance who criminalize us; instead, he prioritized applause over principle, which helps no one,” he said.
Trump’s supposed campaign to decriminalize homosexuality was announced by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell in 2019 and resulted in no successes and almost no action. International human rights activists said that they weren’t aware of anything that the campaign did, saying that it didn’t even provide funding to local LGBTQ activists who could use resources as they work for reform in their countries and that the U.S. was already opposed to the criminalization of homosexuality before Trump took office anyway. (LGBTQ Nation Alex Bollinger at https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/09/gay-republicans-enraged-joe-biden-called-anti-lgbtq-countries-un-speech/?utm_source=LGBTQ+Nation+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6d402d0da7-20210923_LGBTQ_Nation_Daily_Brief&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4eab596bd-6d402d0da7-433273132)
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