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RELEASE: The U.S. Must Re-engage With The International Community To Protect the Dignity and Rights of LGBTI People

Washington, D.C. — As the country prepares to transition into a new administration, the global community awaits as well — after years of steady retreat from the world stage and an abdication of any meaningful leadership, the United States must act quickly and decisively to reaffirm its commitment to human rights and to protecting communities that are at greatest risk of persecution.

Among the most marginalized of these communities are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people and others within the larger queer and nonbinary community. In a new report from the Center for American Progress and leading experts on LGBTI foreign policy, the authors present a bold and transformative agenda to provide greater support for LGBTI people worldwide, and outline five key ways the incoming administration can shift existing paradigms of persistent marginalization.

  1. Protecting and promoting the human rights and dignity of LGBTI people
  2. Pursuing firm multilateral development agendas that elevate anti-poverty and inclusive economic growth strategies for LGBTI people
  3. Adopting LGBTI-inclusive data-driven public health responses, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. Building a fair, humane, and workable immigration system that protects LGBTI immigrants and refugees
  5. Using soft power and leading by example

By rebuilding its own diminished influence within the international community, as well as re-engaging with global and multilateral institutions, the United States can and must return to a human rights-based approach to foreign policy.

For more information or to talk to an expert, please contact Adam Peck at  or 914-874-7887.