(WB) President Biden on Tuesday in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly spoke in support of LGBT rights around the world.

“We all must defend the rights of LGBTQI individuals so they can live and love openly without fear,” he said.

Biden in his speech specifically cited anti-LGBT crackdowns in Chechnya and Cameroon. He spoke after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is a vocal opponent of LGBT rights, addressed the General Assembly.

“As we pursue diplomacy across the board, the United States will champion the democratic values that go to the very heart of who we are as a nation and a people: freedom, equality, opportunity and a belief in the universal rights of all people,” said Biden.

The White House earlier this year released a memorandum that committed the U.S. to promote LGBT rights abroad.

The decriminalization of consensual same-sex sexual relations and protecting LGBT migrants and asylum seekers are two of the administration’s five priorities in its efforts to promote LGBT rights abroad. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week expressed concern over the fate of LGBT Afghans who remain in their country after the Taliban regained control of it, but it remains unclear how many of them the U.S. has been able to evacuate.


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