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How The U.S. Influences International LGBT Rights

Photo of Rome's Gay Pride parade
Fabio Frustaci
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People march past the Colosseum during the Gay Pride parade in Rome, Saturday, June 11, 2016.

LGBT issues continue to make headlines across the country, whether it's in regards to North Carolina's controversial HB2 or how the presidential candidates plan to address LGBT rights.

But how does the U.S. compare to other countries in terms of cultural support and government policies for its LGBT community?

Host Frank Stasio talks with Lea Cordova, a transgender activist from Durham, and Laurence Helfer, a professor of law at Duke University, about LGBT policies abroad and the role the U.S. plays on the international stage for human rights as part of NPR's Nation Engaged project.​

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.