The Trump administration announced it will lead a global campaign aimed at decriminalizing homosexuality worldwidebut many are eyeing the move with suspicion, LGBTQ Nation reported.
The move is seen as an effort to shame Iran for human-rights violations.
Human Rights Campaign Senior International Policy Advocate Jeremy Kadden said in a statement that Windy City Times obtained, "Donald Trump and Mike Pence have turned a blind eye to a campaign of violence and murder targeting LGBTQ people in Chechnya that has stretched on for two years.
"They have turned away LGBTQ people fleeing violence and persecution and sent them back to countries that criminalize them, and have consistently worked to undermine the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families here at home from day one. If this commitment is real, we have a lot of questions about their intentions and commitments, and are eager to see what proof and action will follow."
Trump's presidency has been marked by repeated human-rights violations and non-stop attacks on the LGBTQ community. Richard Grenell, Trump's far-right ambassador to Germany, will lead the initiative; Grenell is an out gay Republican with a long history of making sexist and offensive comments on social media.
The LGBTQ Nation item is at www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/02/trump-administration-launches-campaign-decriminalize-homosexuality-worldwide/ .