Over the coming days, HRCwill be highlighting the key attacks from the Trump-Pence Administration and the commitments from the Biden administration to undo those attacks and build a better future for LGBTQ people.:
These are Trump’s attacks
- Refusing LGBTQ asylum seekers fleeing violence: Trump issued an executive order to create further obstacles for all people seeking to enter the U.S., preventing refugees from escaping some of the most anti-LGBTQ regimes in the world.
- EmbassyPride Flags: Pence defended the State Department directive to ban U.S. embassies across the world from flying the LGBTQ Pride Flag during Pride Month.
- Invited the Polish President to the White House: Trump invited Polish President Duda to the White House for an official visit. Duda and his ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party have pledged to ban marriage equality, prevent same-sex couples from adopting children, and ban education on LGBTQ issues. They have also been silent while so-called “LGBT-free zones” have been declared in cities and regions all across Poland.
- Left the U.N. Human Rights Council: Trump and Pence, over LGBTQ and other issues, removed the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council.
- Created a “Commission on Unalienable Rights”: The Trump State Department created a Commission on Unalienable Rights centered on how “human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation’s founding principles of natural law and natural rights.”
The Commission on Unalienable Rights was designed to challenge the international consensus with a narrow view of human rights, that among other things would leave LGBTQ people even more vulnerable to violence and discrimination.
- Brunei: The Trump-Pence administration has refused to condemn a Brunei law that imposes barbaric punishments on LGBTQ people, including death by stoning, torture and whipping.
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