Friday, 19 May 2017

How the 'Trump Effect' Is Endangering LGBT People Worldwide

How the 'Trump Effect' Is Endangering LGBT People Worldwide
- The “Trump Effect” is now a global phenomenon—and not surprisingly, it’s hurting the most vulnerable.
That’s the lesson I took from a gathering convened at the United Nations this week by OutRight International, a leading international LGBT rights organization. Ostensibly, it was a benefit gala, and there was plenty of booze flowing beneath the beautiful spring sky. But talking with activists I’ve known for years—and whose work we’ve covered in these pages before—I got a much more somber view of the damage that the Trump administration has already done to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual people around the world.
“Every decision and every move that happens in the United States has a wave of impact in the Caribbean,” said Kenita Placide, a St. Lucia-based activist who is also a regional adviser for OutRight. Talking with Placide and other activists, five major trends emerged.