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posted Friday, September 27, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 39
OutRight comments on President Trump's address the United Nations General Assembly
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OutRight comments on President Trump's address the United Nations General Assembly

NEW YORK (September 24, 2019) - Today, US President Donald Trump addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly with a speech purportedly supporting international human rights and global peace efforts, while undermining them.

While the president mentioned the dedication of the US to decriminalization of same-sex relations, which is still a reality in 68 countries around the world, the overall theme of the speech was one of nationalism.

'The future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots,' said the president, noting that only by achieving individual greatness can countries thrive, advocating for immigration bans, and the importance of safeguarding tradition and culture.

Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International commented:

'Throwing in a reference to opposing the criminalization of same-sex relations while at the same time stating that the national supersedes the international, and that tradition and culture are sacred, is one more example of President Trump's hypocrisy. LGBTIQ people across the world, including in the US, do not feel safe or protected within their borders and are often attacked under the guise of tradition. In all too many places, international standards have been the only avenue for LGBTIQ people to have our rights recognized, to seek remedy for crimes committed against us, and for pushing nations to accept that human rights belong to all, including, explicitly, LGBTIQ people.'

Every day around the world, LGBTIQ people's human rights and dignity are abused in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown - or willfully ignored - by those with the power to make change. OutRight Action International, founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, works alongside LGBTIQ people in the Global South, with offices in six countries, to help identify community-focused solutions to promote policy for a lasting change. We vigilantly monitor and document human rights abuses to spur action when they occur. We train partners to expose abuses and advocate for themselves. Headquartered in New York City, OutRight is the only global LGBTIQ-specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTIQ people.

Courtesy of OutRight Action International

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