criminalizing same-sex relations and LGBTQ gender expression. Legal sanctions against LGBTQ people vary in scope and application.

These range from fines to life imprisonment and the death penalty. In many nations, the laws might not be enforced, but severe consequences for LGBT people include not having protection under the law, facing bullying, harassment, violence, discrimination, lack of equal access to employment, education, health services and police protection.When I took an active role in fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people throughout the world, my goal was to help people in desperate need.

I wanted to utilize my reach and my network, pushing my contacts to help me help others.This mentality led me to meet recently with officials at White House, the State Department, and Foreign Service.