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When the Trump administration announced last year they were launching a worldwide effort to decriminalize homosexuality, it didn't exactly correspond with their domestic policies. Trump has banned trans people from the military, opposed marriage equality, appointed anti-LGBTQ+ judges, worked to allow antigay discrimination among adoption agencies, and had his Justice Department defend plaintiffs who use religion as an excuse to discriminate against queers.
Since, on the world stage there has been little movement on the effort to make homosexuality legal across the globe -- and with gay Trump sycophant Richard Grenell in charge, it's not a big shocker. But there actually was a pleasant surprise from a Trump appointee on Sunday's International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism, and Transphobia.
Georgette Mosbacher, the Trump-appointed U.S. ambassador to Poland, took part in a short video declaring support for LGBTQ+ rights. Co-starring with five other Polish ambassadors from countries like Canada and New Zealand, Mosbacher held up a sign reading "equality for all." She then had the U.S. embassy in Warsaw tweet out the video, and then twice retweeted the clip from her own account. It should be noted that she later tweeted out praise for antigay former Pope John Paul II.
\u201cOn the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, the U.S. Embassy stands with other diplomatic missions in Poland in affirming the dignity and equality of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.\u201d— US Embassy Warsaw (@US Embassy Warsaw) 1589713812
The British ambassador to Poland also stuck his neck out for LGBTQ+ rights, tweeting a video of himself and other UK diplomats wearing rainbow-hued facemasks in honor of IDAHOBIT.
\u201cUwaga \u2013 homofobia jest zara\u017aliwa. Chro\u0144my si\u0119 \ud83d\ude37\ud83d\ude09\nPracownicy Ambasady obchodz\u0105 dzi\u015b Mi\u0119dzynarodowy Dzie\u0144 Przeciw Homofobii, Transfobii i Bifobii w t\u0119czowych maseczkach \ud83c\udf08 Czytaj wi\u0119cej: https://t.co/IhybSQzXHu\n\n#IDAHOBIT2020 #LoveIsGREAT #IDAHOBIT #LGBT\nMaseczki od @JakubiDawid\u201d— UK in Poland \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddf5\ud83c\uddf1 (@UK in Poland \ud83c\uddec\ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddf5\ud83c\uddf1) 1589709660
Mosbacher, meanwhile, is a businesswoman who found fortune in the cosmetics business. She was also a big fundraiser for the Republican party. Even so, President Obama named her to a key diplomatic post in 2015. Considering Trump's illogical disdain for Obama, it was a bit of a head-scratcher that he nominated her to be ambassador to Poland -- a key European Union nation close to Russia -- in 2018.
Mosbacher's embrace of LGBTQ+ rights is even more noteworthy considering how homophobic the country she oversees American relations with is. Poland, a largely Catholic nation, does not offer marriage equality and its politicians often use LGBTQ+ people as election pawns. Even more concerningly, dozens of Polish municipalities passed resolutions condemning LGBTQ+ "ideology," with about one-third of the nation operating these so-called "LGBT-free zones."