U.S. Embassy in Germany hosts meeting with LGBTI activists

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, photo public domain.

The U.S. Embassy in Germany last week hosted a group of LGBTI rights activists from around the world as part of a Trump administration initiative that encourages countries to decriminalize consensual same-sex sexual relations.

Harvey Milk Foundation President Stuart Milk; Caine Youngman of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo); Hadi Damien of Beirut Pride in Lebanon and Hourvash Pourkian of International Women in Power in Germany are among the activists who participated in a July 26 panel that took place at the embassy in Berlin.

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Botswana High Court decriminalizes homosexuality in country

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Botswana’s High Court on Tuesday issued a ruling that decriminalized consensual same-sex sexual relations in the African country.

The Associated Press reported the court unanimously ruled sections of the Batswana penal code that criminalized homosexuality with up to seven years in prison were unconstitutional. Activists were inside the court room when the three judges issued their ruling.

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Brunei announces death penalty moratorium

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The government of Brunei on May 5 announced it has placed a moratorium on the death penalty in the country.

The New York Times reported Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah made the announcement against the backdrop of widespread international outrage over a provision of Brunei’s new penal code based on Shariah law that would impose the death penalty for anyone found guilty of consensual same-sex sexual relations.

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Trump seems unaware of own global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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President Trump seemed unaware on Feb. 20 of his administration’s own global initiative calling on nation’s to decriminalize homosexuality.

Trump was apparently unaware the initiative during a gaggle with news reporters in the Oval Office with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who’s visiting the United States.

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State Dept.: US not seeking trans people’s removal from UN documents

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The State Department on Oct. 24 denied a report that says the U.S. wants to remove transgender people from U.N. human rights documents.

The Guardian newspaper reported U.S. diplomats are “seeking to eliminate the word ‘gender’ from U.N. human rights documents, most often replacing it with ‘woman,’ apparently as part of the Trump administration’s campaign to define transgender people out of existence.”

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Danish activists to boycott U.S. ambassador’s Pride month reception

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Activists in Denmark are planning to boycott the U.S. Embassy’s annual Pride month celebration over President Trump’s LGBTI rights record.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands is scheduled to host the reception at her official residence in Copenhagen on Aug. 15. Media reports indicate the organization behind Copenhagen Pride Week and LGBT Danmark have announced they will not attend.

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Trump’s gay nominee Ric Grenell confirmed as ambassador to Germany

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Grenell on Thursday as U.S. ambassador to Germany, making him the most high-profile openly gay appointee in the Trump administration.

Grenell — who has faced Democratic opposition for months over mean tweets he made about the appearance of women and other comments downplaying the significance of Russia’s influence in the 2016 election — was confirmed by a largely party line vote of 56-42.

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Log Cabin assails Dems for blocking Ric Grenell nomination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Richard Grenell is facing opposition in his confirmation process from Democrats. Screen capture public domain.

Log Cabin Republicans officials are assailing Democrats for blocking the confirmation of Richard Grenell as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

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Trump to nominate his first openly LGBTQ ambassador

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump intends to nominate a former diplomat and television commentator to be the United States’ ambassador to Germany.

The White House announced Friday that Trump would choose Richard Grenell for the post.

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