Saturday, 29th April, marked President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Many of President Trump’s policies have far reaching implications beyond the borders of the United States. OutRight recognizes this and has been vocal in our condemnation of the xenophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-refugee, anti-women and anti-immigrant policies that perpetuate discrimination and promote divisiveness.
Here is a recap of some of the ways OutRight has resisted and persisted:
OutRight reacted to Nikki Haley’s confirmation as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as the United States Secretary of State. OutRight examined their Senate confirmation hearings and questions for the record and provided a global LGBTIQ perspective. Each avoided explicit mention of LGBTIQ, but both stated that they see non-discrimination – of everyone – as “American values.” OutRight will continue to monitor to keep them accountable on the domestic and international level.
OutRight was called on by global media to comment on the international implications of the Trump administration’s revocation of the guidance allowing trans students to use facilities in school which best matched their gender identity. OutRight spoke with outlets from Lebanon and Ireland.
In March, the President signed an Executive Order to block citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. OutRight’s press statement condemned the impact the Executive Order would have on some of the most vulnerable LGBTIQ people from around the world.
The travel ban would also have a significant negative effect on civil society access to the United Nations. OutRight joined forces with six organizations to launch the No Borders on Gender Justice campaign. We took on the United Nations’ annual conference on women, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to ensure that the negative impact of the travel ban was clearly articulated to member states of the United Nations.
OutRight took action to expose hate group C-Fam’s seat on the US delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women. Our press statement broke the news and generated significant media coverage, including by Reuters, The Independent, The Canadian Press, and The Advocate. Along with a coalition of partners we delivered a petition and a dossier on C-Fam to to the office of Ambassador Nikki Haley. The C-Fam President himself complains that an “anonymous member of the U.S. State Department said he was not aware of all the awful things we had done and said.”
I commented on President Trumps first 100 days in a Press Release, noting, “If President Trump’s first 100 days are an indication of what we should expect from this administration in the next four years, we are in danger of setting back the clock on human rights in this country and globally. We must continue to resist all forms of discrimination and stand up for inclusion and tolerance. President Trump needs to understand that having an “America First” policy is no justification for failing to meet international human rights obligations. Above all he must put people first.”
It is clear that the US can not be counted on to promote the rights of women and LGBTIQ people in international fora. OutRight will continue to work to ensure that this administration is aware of the far reaching implications of national policies on the lives and rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere.
OutRight Action International
Published on May 12, 2017 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization