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Trump Administration Is Now Denying Visas to Unmarried Same-Sex Partners of Foreign Diplomats



On the first day of LGBT History Month, the Trump administration began to deny visas to unmarried same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees, according to a report in Foreign Policy.

As of Monday, regardless of their home country’s laws or customs, the administration has also started taking the extraordinary step of ordering any unmarried partners to exit the U.S. if they don’t marry by the end of the year.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in most countries – there are only 26 where same-sex couples can marry. In at least 73 countries same-sex sex is illegal. And in eight to 14 countries same-sex sex can be punishable by death.

Should a same-sex couple from, say, for example, Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, or Egypt marry in the U.S., upon returning home they could be arrested.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power took to Twitter to express outrage.

Like many Trump administration policy changes, this move reverses a 2009 Obama-era policy. That policy was made by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


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McEnany: Trump Trying to Ban Citizenship of Same-Sex Couples’ Kids Has ‘Nothing to Do’ With Sexual Orientation



White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says the Trump administration’s attempts to ban U.S. citizenship from same-sex couples’ children born overseas via surrogacy has “nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the parents.” The Trump State Dept. has only worked to block citizenship of these children when American same-sex couples are the parents.

“A federal judge in Georgia last week was the latest to rule against the administration … denying gay couples citizenship for their children born overseas by a surrogate,” The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson told McEnany.

“So that pertains to surrogacy and had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the parents,” McEnany, reading from prepared remarks, replied.

“And this administration and president will proudly stand on a record of achievements, like India, leading a global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the world, launching a plan to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, and easing a ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.”

“A federal judge has ruled the interpretation of that law is not correct and that there’s statutory and constitutional concerns,” Johnson countered, before the press secretary, who has a history of anti-LGBTQ comments, interjected.

The “global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality” has accomplished nothing because it does not exist; “launching a plan” is not implementing a plan or seeing success, neither of which the administration has done. And “easing a ban on blood donations” was done only because of the coronavirus pandemic. And it did not end the ban.



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‘#WontBeErased’: Trump Move to Decimate Protections for Transgender People Jolts LGBTQ Community Into Action



The LGBTQ community is moving into action as news spreads that the Trump administration is working to strip all protections from transgender people nationwide.

A New York Times bombshell revealed Trump’s Dept. of Health and Human Services is working across the administration to redefine the word “sex” to a narrow and strict definition, one that goes against years of court rulings and Obama administration policy.

“The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing,” The Times reported Sunday in an article titled, “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.”

People took to the streets immediately.

“Several hundred protesters gathered at Washington Square Park in New York on Sunday evening to oppose the proposals,” The Guardian reports.

There is a rally at the White House organized by the National Center for Transgender Equality starting at 12:30 Monday afternoon.

The Human Rights Campaign says the Trump administration’s proposed policy changes will affect all LGBTQ people, offering these examples:

  • Same-sex couples and their families could be turned away from emergency shelters
  • A transgender person could have their insurance deny them coverage for transition related care
  • A gay man could be harassed about being gay at a job skills training
  • An elderly same-sex couple could be denied in home meal service
  • A transgender woman could be turned away from a hospital for a broken ankle

Threatening lawsuits, the ACLU says, “Transgender people have the right to not only exist, but to fully participate in public life. Transgender people are real and transgender lives have meaning.”

Across social media the hashtags #WontBeErased, #hellnotothememo, and  #TransRightsAreHumanRights are being used to highlight the Trump administration’s attack on the LGBTQ community.

Some examples:

From the National Policy Director for Equality California:

The Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality:

The Leadership Conference, headed by former head of President Obama’s US Dept.of Justice Civil Rights Division:

Lambda Legal:


On Sunday the Human Rights Campaign posted this explorer video:

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