The Global Respect Act would provide a means to prevent individuals who violate the human rights of LGBTQ people from entry into the United States.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people around the world continue to face discrimination, violence, and bigotry. Sixty-nine countries criminalize same-sex sexual relations. That means that more than one-third of United Nations Member States criminalize consenting, adult, same-sex sexual relations. In up to ten countries, same-sex sexual relations may be punishable by death, and so-called anti-LGBTQ “propaganda” laws inhibit LGBTQ advocacy in at least three countries.
The U.S. Department of State’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices has documented hostility toward LGBTQ people in every region of the world. These violations include murder, rape, torture, death threats, extortion, imprisonment, and loss of employment and access to health care, as well as restrictions on freedoms of assembly, press, and speech.
The Global Respect Act would provide a means to prevent individuals who violate the human rights of LGBTQ people from entry into the United States. The bill would:
The Global Respect Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and in the Senate by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on June 13, 2019. The House bill (H.R.3252) was approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on June 20, 2019 but did not come to the House floor for a vote.
The Global Respect Act has not yet been reintroduced in the 117th Congress.
Last Updated: March 22, 2021