By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
In his first foreign policy speech on Thursday, the newly elected president of the United States Joe Biden announced that he was ordering all United States government agencies abroad to promote the rights of homosexuals, lesbians, transgender, and queer people among others. The embassies should come up with detailed plans within roughly six months.
The 78-year-old veteran politician who was elected on a Democratic party ticket said in a memorandum that, “All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or who they love.”
The 46th American president also wants the LGBTIQ asylum seekers to be paid special attention. According to the memorandum, the United States will also fight anti-LGBTIQ laws outside its borders and also form international anti-homophobia alliances.
The memorandum also instructs US agencies to use diplomatic tools including visa restrictions and financial sanctions when a foreign government tramples on the rights of LGBTIQ people.
It should be remembered that under Barack Obama, the US reduced aid to Uganda and Gambia after the two African countries where homosexuality is largely seen a taboo topic passed laws that gay activists viewed as hostile to LGBTIQ people.
Biden campaigned on a pledge to pass LGBTIQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act in his first 100 days in office.
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