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    Trump Administration Launches Global Effort to End Criminalization of Homosexuality
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    FILE - U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell attends a reception on Jan. 14, 2019, in Berlin.

    The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay, NBC News reported. The effort is aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record.

    Led by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the administration and an outspoken Iran critic, the initiative launches Tuesday with a strategy dinner at the U.S. embassy in Berlin.

    Narrowly focused on criminalization, rather than broader LGBTQ issues like same-sex marriage, the campaign was conceived partly in response to the recent reported execution by hanging of a young gay man in Iran, the Trump administration’s top geopolitical foe.