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Support LGBTQIA+ Human Rights - Urge Congress to Support the Globe Act
Global campaigns supporting human rights for members of the LGBTQIA+ community have made tremendous progress in recent years, specifically regarding marriage equality. However, in many countries, LGBTQIA+ people still face discrimination, repression, and abuse. For example, more than one-third of United Nations Member States criminalize same-sex relations, and various reports have documented hostility towards LGBTQIA+ people in every region of the world. 

To help address these global human rights abuses, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced the “GLOBE Act” (H.R.3800 and S.1996) in Congress. The bill would build a framework for protecting international LGBTQIA+ human rights into U.S. diplomacy. The bill creates an interagency group to respond to threats to LGBTQIA+ people in foreign countries. It also establishes a permanent Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQI Peoples in the Department of State. The position of Special Envoy has been filled in the past, but the GLOBE Act would codify it into law.  

Additionally, the legislation, if passed, would establish LGBTQIA+ identities as a social group for purposes related to claiming asylum. This new classification would allow LGBTQIA+ individuals fleeing anti-LGBTQIA+ persecution to seek refuge in the United States. Lastly, the bill would enact a non-discrimination policy in all U.S. foreign assistance programs to ensure that they are inclusive of LGBTQIA+ people.  

The United States must be a leader in the fight for international LGBTQIA+ human rights. Please urge your members of Congress to support the GLOBE Act!

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