President Donald Trump's administration began denying visas to the unmarried, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and officials and employees of the United Nations this week — making marriage a requirement to be eligible for a visa.
If Trump enables Pence’s attitudes toward sexuality and gender identity to prevail in U.S. foreign policy, it will shift the already precarious balance of power in the United Nations. The internationalization of LGBT rights will slow if not halt.
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"Members of the LGBT community really fear persecution as they watch these horrendous sights of people being hurled off buildings…they won’t come out and request protection because they’re too afraid to tell anyone.”
Subhi Nahas, a gay Syrian refugee, speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York, August 24. The U.N. Security Council held its first-ever meeting on LGBT rights on Monday. Photo: MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS
“The Iraqi refugee I interviewed told me that on social media earlier this year, he saw images of a rooftop execution and learned later that the victim — unrecognizable because he was blindfolded and shown mostly from behind — was a friend of his who hadn’t left Iraq.”
Photo from The Daily Mail: Two ISIS militants wait for an order to throw the men over the edge of the building.
Legal experts say the victories “represent significant progress on human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and have broader implications with regard to countries’ obligations to uphold basic rights” of those who live in the margins.
Zambian gay rights activist Paul Kasonkomona leaving magistrate court.