US names first-ever envoy for gay rights: Randy Berry (Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons)

  • metta

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    Feb 24, 2015 3:56 AM GMT
    US names first-ever envoy for gay rights

    Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

    The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

    The openly gay diplomat is the current consul-general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

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  • metta

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    Feb 24, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
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    Feb 24, 2015 4:35 AM GMT
    the new senior-level position to oversee the US government’s efforts to support the human rights of LGBTI people around the world.

    Since no one really likes long commutes, the convenient thing is that he can start working right here at home. I hope very much that a comprehensive civil rights bill for American LGBT will be high on his agenda. And then best of luck to him exporting that into the world.

    It's actually an incredible development. Is this a position that once established, a Republican administration would be able to easily dismantle or defund? Just imagine now having similar such Republican-initiated gestures on behalf of our community.

    Come gather 'round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You'll be drenched to the bone.
    If your time to you
    Is worth savin'
    Then you better start swimmin'
    Or you'll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin'.

    Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don't stand in the doorway
    Don't block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There's a battle outside
    And it is ragin'.
    It'll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin'.
  • KissTheSky

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    Feb 24, 2015 4:39 AM GMT
    Romney wanted to permanently write anti-gay discrimination into the US Constitution. All the current GOP contenders for President are against civil rights for gay Americans.
    Obviously, this new envoy position would be eliminated if Republicans re-take the White House.