The International Human Rights Defense Act

This week, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act (IHDRA), a bicameral piece of legislation that calls on the U.S. State Department to continue its efforts to promote and defend lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rights internationally. Advocates for Youth is proud to endorse the bill, along with 14 other human rights organizations. The IHDRA aims to ensure that the rights of the international LGBTQ community remain at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy and affirms the U.S’ opposition to laws in the roughly 80 countries that criminalize homosexuality.

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