OutRight Comments on President Donald Trump's Address the United Nations General Assembly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

24 September 2019

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OutRight Comments on President Donald Trump's Address the United Nations General Assembly

(September 24, 2019) Today, US President Donald Trump addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly with a speech purportedly supporting international human rights and global peace efforts, while undermining them.

While the President mentioned the dedication of the US to decriminalization of same-sex relations, which is still a reality in 68 countries around the world, the overall theme of the speech was one of nationalism.

“The future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots,” said the President, noting that only by achieving individual greatness can countries thrive, advocating for immigration bans, and the importance of safeguarding tradition and culture.

Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International comments:

Throwing in a reference to opposing the criminalization of same-sex relations while at the same time stating that the national supersedes the international, and that tradition and culture are sacred, is one more example of President Trump’s hypocrisy. LGBTIQ people across the world, including in the US, do not feel safe or protected within their borders and are often attacked under the guise of tradition. In all too many places, international standards have been the only avenue for LGBTIQ people to have our rights recognized, to seek remedy for crimes committed against us, and for pushing nations to accept that human rights belong to all, including, explicitly, LGBTIQ people.