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Leading Republican Blasts Election of Anti-Gay Official at UN

As world leaders gather to address the United Nations, few (outside FoxNews, the conservative media and blogs) are paying much attention to the prominence of representatives of repressive regimes in the leadership of the world body.  And most people, including many heads of gay organizations, remain silent as officials from anti-gay governments serve in various councils, including those on human rights.

And while the leader of a national lesbian organization may use 9/11 to rail against alleged right-wing hatred in the United States, a Republican Congresswoman, Florida’s Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, uses the occasion of the opening of latest session of the United Nations General Assembly to chastise that body for electing Ali Abdessalam Treki, a former foreign minister of Libya (i.e., in the government of Muammar Qaddafi) and “a vocal advocate for the criminalization of homosexual behavior” as its new President:

The anti-gay bigotry spewed by this Qaddafi shill demonstrates once again that the UN has been hijacked by advocates of hate and intolerance. Likewise, the leadership of the UN Development Program is held by the Iranian regime, which denies the presence of gays in Iran even as it murders them and other innocent citizens. We must ensure that billions annually in U.S. taxpayer dollars no longer foot the bill for the UN’s anti-freedom agenda without significant reform. Congress must demand better by enacting pending legislation that would leverage our contributions to the UN to produce sweeping, meaningful reform of that body.

Seems a Republican is doing a better job looking out for our interests than is the head of the National Center for Lesbian Rights whose website doesn’t mention Mr. Treki’s election.  (Nor do the websites of HRC or NGLTF.)

I wonder  if any of the supposedly gay-friendly Democratic members of Congress took note of this appointment.  And note as well that none of the national gay groups have joined Log Cabin (whose e-mail alerted me to this election) in saluting this Republican representative for criticizing the prominence of an anti-gay official at the United States.

To their credit, bloggers at Queerty and Towleroad picked up the story, with the latter linking a FoxNews report on Ms. Ros-Lehtinen’s statement. Guess because other news outlets weren’t covering the story?

So, this network much maligned on the left, particularly the gay left, is the only major media outlet to pick up the story of the election of anti-gay official from Qaddafi’s regime to the presidency of the UN General Assembly?

UPDATE:  In doing a google search to see if any other media outlets picked up this story, found that my friend Rick Sincere was on top of things before we were.

UP-UPDATE:  Save the FoxNews story, the only other media coverage I could find was Steve Rothaus’ Gay South Florida blog on the Miami Herald’s page.  (Since he had the full text of Ros-Lehtinen’s statement, I added a link to his page before the block quote above.)



  1. US Rep Illeana Ros-Lehtinen is one of the best people in Congress. And the fact that she is a friend of the gay community is an added plus.

    Comment by GayPatriot — September 23, 2009 @ 5:14 pm - September 23, 2009

  2. Excellent find. More people need to know about this!

    Republicans standing up for REAL gay rights, while Obama and Democrats value appeasing evil above basic civil rights for gays.

    Hope you will keep making noise about this.

    Comment by American Elephant — September 23, 2009 @ 9:31 pm - September 23, 2009

  3. Ali Abdessalam Treki

    His parents were Star Trek fans? Don’t tell Takei.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 23, 2009 @ 9:33 pm - September 23, 2009

  4. Log Cabin is gratified the note that Gay Patriot recognizes the work that we continue to do to advance liberty for ALL Americans, including LGBTQ Americans. Thank you for your brief credit.

    Comment by Terry Hamilton — September 24, 2009 @ 1:33 am - September 24, 2009

  5. Thank you for your brief work on behalf of liberty. Pfft what kind of comment is that?!

    And by the way, how are you working to protect the liberty of the American people to define their own institutions?

    Comment by American Elephant — September 24, 2009 @ 9:31 am - September 24, 2009

  6. Has no one but me read about the Atlanta police department raid on the Eagle in Atlanta? The liberal mayor refuses to comment, the police refuse to comment, and people were arrested and thrown in jail because they were gay, no other reason. Why the silence on this outrage?

    Comment by John in Dublin CA — September 24, 2009 @ 1:01 pm - September 24, 2009

  7. I read they were having sex in the bar. Granted, I’m not familiar with Georgia law, but sex in bars is frowned upon most places I am aware of.

    Comment by American Elephant — September 25, 2009 @ 3:46 am - September 25, 2009

  8. Just a point of clarification for your readers. The position of Chair of the UNDP Executive Board rotates among member states on a geographic basis and is strictly for the purpose of administering and presiding at Board meetings. The Board Chair is not responsible for setting policy or directing operations. That is the responsibility of the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark.

    As a gay man who currently works with the UNDP I want everyone to know that both Administrator Clark and the UN Secretary-General himself have spoken out forcefully and explicitly about protecting and promoting the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, which is a matter of both human rights and public health, given the global HIV epidemic.

    UNDP has also taken a clear and strong position on human rights issues related to sexual orientation and expression. In May 2008, UNDP committed to act as the lead agency in the UNAIDS family on HIV among men who have sex with men and transgender people.

    Helen Clark, who became the UNDP Administrator in April, after nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, is strongly committed to these efforts. At her direction, UNDP officials are working with UNAIDS to develop and launch an ‘in-reach’ programme to sensitize, educate and motivate UN staff at the country level around these issues throughout the world, an effort that will be launched shortly with a pilot session in North Africa.

    Comment by Brad Minnick — September 25, 2009 @ 3:26 pm - September 25, 2009

  9. Brad Minnick left the same strange comment on my blog.

    I say “strange” because neither Dan Blatt nor I had anything to say about the UN Development Programme (UNDP) or its rotating president.

    Our blog posts were both about the president of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), who was characterized by Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen as a “shill” for the meshugganah colonel, Moammar Gadhafi of Libya.

    Neither of us mentioned the former New Zealand prime minister or anyone else connected with the UNDP.

    Perhaps Mr. Minnick protests too much?

    Comment by Rick Sincere — September 25, 2009 @ 5:27 pm - September 25, 2009

  10. She’s my rep. I follow her on twtter… she is made of awesome and attitude.


    Comment by Tay — September 28, 2009 @ 1:36 am - September 28, 2009

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