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The gay diplomacy of the Obama administration


The Obama administration has made of the LGBT cause (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) one of it’s foreign policy priorities. The goal is to use this issue to sell the idea that the United States is a free country.

With this in mind, the State Department has appointed various openly gay ambassadors (John Berry to Australia, James Brewster to the Dominican Republic, James Costos to Spain, Rufus Gifford to Denmark, David Huebner to New-Zealand and Daniel Baer to the OSCE, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe).

Simultaneously, the atlanticist press describes the enemies of the United States as homophobes (notably Iran and Russia).

Naturally, the respective realities are very different : in the United States, there is sexual freedom, but homosexuals continue to be persecuted; according to the FBI, over 20% of hate crimes are homophobic  [1]. In Iran, homosexuality is exclusively a private matter, but Amnesty International persists in portraying the death penalty applied to pedophiles and rapists as a discrimination against homosexuals. In Russia, the Duma has adopted a law forbidding homosexual propaganda aimed at the younger generation (akin to article 227-24 of the French penal code) in order to fight against prostitution, but Amnesty International chooses to denounce it as a homophobic text and calls for a general boycott of the Sotchi winter Olympics.

Alizée Ville

[1] “Number of hate crimes against homosexuals in the United States is increasing”, AFP, December 11th 2012.

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