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LGBT Decriminalization Campaign is More than What it Seems, says Richard Grenell

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The struggle has been on for obtaining “freedom” for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex individuals around the world, against all odds. Many high-profile individuals around the world have called for a “fair judgement” of the LGBT group.

Statistics gathered in 2017 from the International LGBT Association revealed that there is still criminalization of homosexuals in more than 70 countries of the world with majority of the lot from Arab-populated Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

Richard Grenell, US ambassador to Germany held a meeting with LGBT activists from around Europe earlier this week. Richard Grenell is allegedly a high-profile gay in President Trump’s administration. As part of a strategy to get support, he included forming a partnership with highly placed global organizations like the United Nations and European Union to help decriminalize homosexuality around the world.

Donald Trump has been criticized for his efforts to end criminalization of homosexuality, calling the campaign a “mere smokescreen”. The campaign, according to many of Trump’s critics is only an indirect target on Iran.

Out Magazine writer Mathew Rodriguez said, “While on its surface, the move looks like an atypically benevolent decision by the Trump administration, the details of the campaign belie a different story.”

“Rather than actually being about helping queer people around the world, the campaign looks more like another instance of the right using queer people as a pawn to amass power and enact its own agenda.”  

According to The Independent, Trump’s campaign does not reflect his treatment of the LGBT community. It says the campaign “comes in stark contrast to President Trump’s treatment of LGBTQ+ citizens and their rights in his own nation”.

Another news outlet, Pink News noted that the United States have no intention of addressing “issues such as marriage equality, same-sex adoption and anti-LGBT discrimination laws in countries where being gay is illegal”, while Vox thinks the move could be a way to “highlight Iran’s human rights abuses”.

Vox pointed out that the president has made Iran a centrepiece of its foreign policy as he as always kicked against the “oppression” of the regime. It believes the campaign, when carefully examined “appears to have been inspired, at least in part, by a report of a gay man who was publicly hanged in Iran in January”.

Richard Grenell has also been identified as a leading force in the decriminalization campaign as he has called out Iran while charging European nation to re-impose sanctions and abandon the 2015 nuclear deal.

Richard Grenell noted that using a human rights issue like the gay rights as a tool for getting back at Iran would make the Trump administration risk “exposing close US allies who are also vulnerable on the issue and creating a new tension point with the one region where Trump has managed to strengthen US ties: The Arab world.”

LGBTs in the Middle Eastern country who are already at a risk of facing a death penalty due to their sexuality could suffer a boomerang effect if the campaign is truly targeted at Iran.

There is uncertainty on how strong the campaign would be or how far it will go, either in Iran or the rest of the world.

The whole world is watching and the outcome, if sustained will become known in due course.

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