New U.S. strategies for combating anti-gay laws

Published: February 23, 2015

Colin Stewart
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United States officials are pushing two relatively new strategies for promoting the human rights of LGBTI people worldwide.

Over the opposition of Global South politicians and others who complain of neo-colonialism whenever the U.S. tries to dissuade homophobic nations from persecuting their sexual minorities, LGBTI advocates are promoting these two endeavors:

1. Using free-trade pacts as a tool for expansion of human rights of LGBT people in countries with repressive laws. (See coverage in BuzzFeed.)?2. Appointing a special LGBT envoy in the U.S. state department to push for recognition of the human rights of LGBT people worldwide. (See coverage first in BuzzFeed and then in the Washington Blade.)

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