Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, thought she’d build bridges and provide some entertainment this week by taking colleagues to see the Tony-winning musical Fun Home, based on the life of lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel.
But one professional homophobe is ticked off about the outing: Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, sent out a statement condemning Powers and her attempt at introducing LGBT issues to global advocates.
He declared Powers was “determined to join the administration’s goodwill tour for homosexuality.”
Like Secretary John Kerry, who seems oblivious to any problem not preceded by the letters L-G-B-T, Power is adding to the president’s embarrassing diplomatic legacy by trying to export Obama’s sexual extremism to a world preoccupied by far more important issues.
On Tuesday, Power, who has the ear of some of the international community’s most important leaders, decided to spend her influence persuading them on the need to celebrate homosexuality.
This week, she hosted 15 U.N. Ambassadors at a gay Broadway musical called Fun Home. Representatives from Russia, Namibia, and other more culturally conservative countries sat through New York’s latest sexual propaganda, followed by a personal thank you from Power herself.
“Thank you,” she told the cast, “for bringing all of this home in a way that resolutions and statements never can.”
It was a stunning display of political tone-deafness, considering the real crises happening right now on the real world stage. Unfortunately, as far as this president is concerned, the most urgent message America can send to the international community right now is “that protecting the rights of LGBT people will remain a key foreign policy priority of the United States.”
…Apparently, Power and others think world leaders need to be educated on the sexual proclivities of a few rather than the genocide of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children.
Perkins insisted Powers’ invitation was an example of “why the President isn’t taken seriously—at home or abroad.”
h/t: LGBTQ Nation