GLAAD calls attention to Trump’s inaction on global anti-LGBTQ human rights abuses as he takes the stage at the world economic forum in Davos

Trump continues to ignore the growing epidemic of anti-LGBTQ violence and discrimination while fueling hate with his own vitriolic rhetoric

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization today condemned Trump for his inaction on anti-LGBTQ state violence in Egypt, Chechnya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Azerbaijan as he takes the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“As Trump addresses a room of global changemakers, his unconscionable inaction on the growing epidemic of anti-LGBTQ violence around the world must not be ignored,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “GLAAD has been on the ground in Davos, calling attention to the erosion of LGBTQ acceptance under President Trump’s watch and vowing that we will not be silent while the Present stands idly by in the face of horrific human rights abuses.”

Yesterday at a panel hosted by GLAAD and The Ariadne Getty Foundation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, GLAAD announced findings of its fourth annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a national survey of more than 2,100 U.S. adults conducted on GLAAD’s behalf. This report shows a drop in the number of non-LGBTQ U.S. adults who are accepting of LGBTQ people; this is the first time an erosion of LGBTQ acceptance has been tracked since the creation of the Acceleration Acceptance report.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Global Anti-LGBTQ Human Rights Abuses

  • EGYPT - More than 85 LGBTQ people have been reportedly arrested in a massive crackdown on LGBTQ rights that started after several young people displayed a rainbow flag at a concert in Cario. 
     
  • CHECHNYA - Authorities in Chechnya have detained and attacked over 100 LGBTQ men because of their perceived sexual orientation and at least 27 men have reportedly been killed by Chechen government officials as of June 2017.
     
  • BANGLADESH - On May 19, 2017, Bangladesh police arrested 28 men based on their perceived LGBTQ identity. These men were reportedly arrested in a community center in Dhaka and then paraded in front of the media where the police humiliated them, saying they were gay and accessing the men of drug procession. 
     
  • INDONESIA - In May 2017, 141 people were arrested in arrested in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta during one raid following a similar anti-LGBTQ crackdown lead by senior government figures bringing the known number of anti-LGBTQ arrests in the country to over 200 when combined with earlier raids.
     
  • AZERBAIJAN - Police carried out mass arrests of as many as 100 LGBTQ people. This is part of a violent campaign targeting gay and bisexual+ men and transgender women who face arrest and torture.