USA exempted from the new new USMCA trade deal because of LGBT


he trilateral United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) deal was made public on November 30 as it was signed by Trump, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, according to the Canadian media outlets, the initial draft of the bill has been changed to erase all the points related to LGBT rights and there is a suggestion that it was done on the USA demand. The US has no federal law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and Republican lawmakers had threatened to nuke the trilateral deal if such protections were mentioned there. The initial draft text included a commitment to enact “policies that protect workers against employment discrimination on the basis of sex, including with regard to pregnancy, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, [and] gender identity.” However, the final agreement instead includes a watered-down commitment for countries to implement “policies that it considers appropriate to protect workers against employment discrimination” based on the characteristics.


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