Donald Trump threw feathers on the political left of America on Friday by marking Pride Month with a call to support LGBT people living in the dozens of countries where homosexuality is a crime.
It was the first time that a Republican president publicly celebrated the month-long focus on gay rights in the US. But LGBT activists and Democratic politicians have quickly embarrassed the president as a hypocrite because his government has tried to limit transgender rights in the US military and opposes other gay rights proposals that his base considers too progressive.
& # 39; If we celebrate the LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions of LGBT people to our great nation, then let us show solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries around the world who punish individuals, imprison or even execute based on their sexual orientation, & T 39 wrote in a few tweets.
& # 39; My government has launched a worldwide campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all countries to help us with this! & # 39;
The president tapped the US ambassador to Ric Grenell in Germany in February to lead that effort. Grenell is the most talked about gay man in the administration.
Greggell reached in Berlin, Grenell told DailyMail.com that President Trump has never refused in his support for decriminalizing homosexuality. This is a clear message to the 71 countries that people like me would be arrested for being gay. & # 39;
Donald Trump expressed his support for the LGBT Pride Month on Friday, the very first Republican president to take this step
Trump released his Pride commemoration in a tweet that promoted his initiative that focused on laws around the world that make them punishable for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual
American ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell is the most visible openly gay official of the Trump government and he wants the West to put pressure on the 71 countries where it is a crime to be gay
But Trump's political opponents collapsed on Friday and said the White House has tried to undermine the rights of LGBT Americans, while President Grenell has given the power to cross for gay rights around the world.
The Human Rights Campaign, a gay main group in Washington, tweeted a loud blow in the White House.
& # 39; Trump & Pence are not friends for LGBTQ people & # 39 ;, the group wrote. & # 39; They have: banished trans troops, nominated anti-LGBTQ extremists, remained silent about anti-LGBTQ violence abroad, attempted to get medical workers to deny that LGBTQ people cared, tried & # 39; transgender & # 39; and & # 39; diversity & # 39; from CDC reports. & # 39;
Conservative writer Chad Felix Greene, who contributes to The Federalist, struck back.
& # 39; Trump did not prohibit trans forces, & # 39; he remarked. & # 39; He nominated & # 39; anti-LGBT extremists & # 39; not for the judiciary. He nominated the first gay Filipino judge, blocked by Dems. Trump: initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality worldwide. No LGBT person is denied care. The CDC line has been invalidated. & # 39;
Jerri Ann Henry, director of Log Cabin Republicans, says her group is the & # 39; massive & # 39; step will be to see a Republican president who gives an unprecedented declaration of support for the Pride month
Grenell lives at the American embassy in Berlin with his husband Matt Lashey (right), a former Broadway actor
Jerri Ann Henry, a lesbian activist who leads the Log Cabin Republians group, told DailyMail.com on Friday that her organization urged the Trump White House to make a public show of support for Pride Month.
& # 39; To have a president recognize that pride is important to my community. To have a Republican President recognize that it is huge, & she said in a telephone interview. & # 39; It is worth noting that this has not happened before and does not come close. & # 39;
& # 39; There will be many other things that we have to do about war, but I will celebrate this, & # 39; said Henry.
& # 39; I am not here to say everything the President is doing is perfect on every LGBT issue, but I am happy to compliment and celebrate the good things if I can get them. This is one of those cases and I am so proud. & # 39;
The liberal human rights campaign, a gay lobby group, struck the White House with a claim of hypocrisy
Conservatives such as columnist Chad Felix Greene pushed back and defended Trump's policy that affects LGBT Americans
Barely a week before his 2016 election victory, Trump posed on a podium in Greeley, Colorado with a rainbow flag adorned with an & # 39; LGBT for Trump & # 39; message while trying to distinguish himself from previous Republican candidates who considered general anti were seen as gay
Don Beyer, the Democratic Republicans in the VR, tweeted his own list of anti-gay & # 39; recent Trump Administration acts & # 39; on Friday, claiming that Trump: Prohibited Transsexual Americans from military service, the Law Against Equality, Blocked Citizenship for Children of Same-sex Couples, Permitted Anti-Trans-Discrimination in Homes for the Homeless, End User Protection in healthcare for trans people. & # 39;
And Mark Pocan, a gay Democratic congressman from Wisconsin, tweeted a variation on the same list theme.
& # 39; Only in the last month has the Trump government fought to: deny citizenship to some children of same-sex American couples, strip protection for transgender people in homeless shelters, anti-discrimination protection for transgender Americans in healthcare, & # 39; wrote Pocan.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told the White House journalists on Friday that the president should be celebrated before calling on other countries to do something that is very important, namely joining the US to decriminalize homosexuality & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I am old enough to remember the 2008 campaign in which Hillary and Obama argued with each other about who was more for the traditional marriage. It was not that long ago, & she said. She noted that Trump & # 39; the first president is to start as president and approve same-sex marriage. That is something for which he must be praised. & # 39;
The Islamic Republic of Iran is the government's main focus, but 70 other nations also criminalize homosexual sexual activities; Iran and seven others apply the death penalty for the & # 39; offense & # 39;
Saudi Arabia is a nation that executed man because he is gay and the & # 39; morality laws & # 39; applies; the Trump government's strategic alliance with the kingdom and its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, could make it difficult to exert pressure
Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, a gay democrat, was outraged on Friday that Trump would honor the first month of LGBT
President Counselor Kellyanne Conway noted on Friday that Donald Trump is the first US president to openly support same-sex marriage at the start of his first term
It is unclear how the Trump government's urge to decriminalize homosexuality distinguishes Iran, a country trying to isolate it, and Saudi Arabia, whose strategic importance for the White House cannot be exaggerated.
The death penalty of the Sharia law in Iran has become particularly annoying for Grenell.
A British government document issued by WikiLeaks indicates that the UK believes that Iran & # 39; between 4,000 and 6,000 gays & # 39; s and lesbians & # 39; has been running since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The Islamist nation publicly hung a 31-year-old man in January for breaking a law against sexual intercourse.
Saudi Arabia also has & # 39; morality codes & # 39; imposed by sharia courts, which criminalize specific homosexual contact.
THE COUNTRIES WHERE GAY IS IS A CRIME
According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, sexual acts between homosexuals are considered crimes in about 70 countries.
Twenty-seven of the nations have laws that only apply to gay men.
Six countries have imposed the death penalty on people for violating anti-gay morality laws. They are printed in bold in the lists below.
In addition, ISIS-managed areas in Iraq and Syria conducted part of the self-proclaimed & # 39; caliphate & # 39; from the terrorist group, gays & # 39; s out.
Algeria, Angola, Botswana, the Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, I ran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen
The America & # 39; s
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Countries in Oceania
Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu
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