Baer detailed what he sees as wins and challenges on LGBT rights internationally in a keynote address at the Metropolitan Community Churches general conference July 3.
Baer, who is openly gay, noted that LGBT celebrations have now taken place in every region of the world. He also reported that the U.S. has stepped up efforts to collect information about LGBT populations in countries around the globe. But that work is not without challenges, Baer said.
Baer pointed out continued violence against transgender people, anti-gay laws in Russia and recent hate crimes in New York City. He noted that while homosexuality is sometimes dismissed as a U.S. import outside the U.S., anti-gay laws abroad are often "relics of colonialism."