LGBT rights

  • Trump Must Stand Up for LGBT+ Rights

    Over the course of the 2016 election, Donald Trump routinely flip-flopped on issues of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* Americans. After first saying he would consider appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn nationwide marriage equality, he soon made it a recurring talking point to highlight how he would be “better for the gays” than his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. This was mainly to bolster his extreme anti-Muslim stance on immigration after a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando last June left forty-nine people dead. The shooter, who had indeed pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was in fact American-born.

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  • Pride at State

    The Atlantic Council and the US Department of State, along with GLIFAA, hosted US Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Special US Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, and US Secretary of State John Kerry, for the annual Pride at State event on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The event took place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State. Over 500 attendees were present. Following remarks by Regina Jun, President of GLIFAA, the Atlantic Council’s Secretary, Walter B. Slocombe, offered some remarks on the issue of LGBT rights, and spoke about the Council’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in foreign policy. Special U.S. Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, Randy Berry, introduced US Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning – the first openly gay US Secretary of the Army.

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