Over the last two decades, the LGBT community has been flexing its muscles. The rapidity and heft of the movement has taken the world by surprise. Culture has changed dramatically in the West, and now the push is on to bring cultural acceptance and changes in laws in the developing south.
Sexual colonialism has been pushed by US foreign policy, massive amounts of State Department funding, and more recently by high profile ambassadors who are active members of the LGBT community. The posting of American ambassadors identifying as LGBT and promoting that agenda comprises a powerful cultural and political influence on the world. Many countries in the South are pushing back against this latest form of colonialism.
On June 9, 2015, The Advocate, an LGBT interest magazine, published an article titled, “Out Ambassadors: Global Trade Agreement Will Lift Up LGBT Lives.” The tag line reads, “Eight of the nation’s most powerful out leaders, including ambassadors and an envoy to the State Department, explain how proposed trade agreements will export our values of equality and tolerance.” The article reads, in part,
As Ambassadors, we are on the front lines representing the United States. We know firsthand that U.S. interests are best served when we pursue policies that also advance our values. …
As the seven openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex U.S. Ambassadors and the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, this approach is particularly important to us. After all, an export is more than just an item we are shipping overseas. It is also a product of the values of the people who created it, which it represents. And while the United States has made important progress in promoting and protecting the human rights of all of its residents, we are constantly reminded of the challenges LGBTI persons continue to face in countries around the world.
Imposition of LGBT promotion
Here we find the deliberate use of trade policy as a tool for promoting LGBT values. Both the Clinton and Obama administrations used the offices of the US State Department, US AID funding, and trade policies to promote “women’s rights” (read abortion) and the LGBT agenda. These policies, backed by the money and advocacy of the State Department, are nothing less than strong-armed tactics to move sexual colonialism forward. “Embrace our views or lose your funding.”
To give you an idea of how significant these individuals are, here are the titles and postings of those who signed the letter:
- Daniel B. Baer, U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- John Berry, U.S. Ambassador to Australia
- Randy Berry, Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons
- James W. Brewster, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
- James Costos, U.S. Ambassador to Spain
- Rufus Gifford, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
- Robert Holleyman, Deputy United States Trade Representative
- Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
To read the letter go here.
These diplomats are consciously and actively using their posts and the trade policies to disciple nations. That is, they are seeking to subvert cultures that support traditional or natural families, transforming them into LGBT-affirming societies. This is sexual colonialism at its finest.
Is a change coming?
But this trend may be about to change. Juan María Piñero of Actuall, a Spanish online digital “diary,” reports that one of the letter’s signatories, Ambassador to Spain James Costos, the “husband” of Michael Smith, has been brought home. His replacement is Richard Buchan. Buchan and his wife Hannah are the parents of three children. The family owns and runs an organic farm that specializes in 100 varieties of vegetables.
Piñero observes that the new U.S. State Department may be signaling a readiness to break with the previous president’s agenda to “impose the LGBT agenda in the world through diplomatic pressures.”
Perhaps the pushback by the church and family advocacy groups in Africa, Latin America and Asia is having an impact on U.S. government policy.
- Darrow Miller