President Trump’s Administration is calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world. The effort is being led by Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, one of the few openly gay members of the Trump Administration. This initiative could be in response to the public hanging of a gay man in January in Iran and the ongoing tensions between Trump and the Iranian government. Grenell wrote in the German paper Bid that “this is not the first time the Iranian regime has put a gay man to death with the usual outrageous claims of prostitution, kidnapping, or even pedophilia.”
The focus of this campaign will be in the Caribbean, Middle East, and Africa, places that still have laws that allow for the punishment of being gay, and often times carry a death sentence. The Trump Administration would like to get the European allies involved with this human rights initiative, and will reach out to organizations like the U.N.. This could be viewed as another step in a positive direction for the administration’s relations with the LGBT community, though Trump has continued to defend allies like Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality can potentially carry the death penalty.