The United States was represented by a virulently anti-transgender activist at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Bethany Kozma, Senior Advisor for the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the US Agency for International Development, was selected by people in the Trump Administration to represent American policy and values at the conference.
Kozma has written about her crusade against transgender people and their rights on multiple occasions and spoken specifically about her push to prevent transgender high school athletes from competing in sports.
School officials must prevent transgender participation “not just in the female sports by allowing males to unfairly compete and possibly severely injure the girls, but also not allow males to take over bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms and push out females, denying them their right for privacy and safety,” she said two years ago.
OutRight Action International has warned against the danger of having Kozma continuing to participate in policy conversations and represent American interests.
“It is an embarrassment that an anti-trans activist is on the delegation, not to mention someone who is misrepresenting US law in negotiations,” said Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International. Reports claimed that Kozwa portrayed American policy as being anti-abortion.
“The US must uphold its values of non-discrimination at all times, and prevent Kozma from co-opting this space to impose her hateful agenda in the negotiation room,” Stern said.