In another first for the Obama administration in its effort to give the LGBT community a voice. Congratulations to Randy Barry for this first of its kind appointment.
The Huffington Post
January 23rd 2015
5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
In a ground-breaking move the United States on Monday appointed the first US special envoy for gay and lesbian rights in a bid to help eradicate discrimination around the world. “Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally -– the heart and conscience of our diplomacy,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said. He named Randy Berry, the current consul-general in Amsterdam, as the new envoy, saying he believed Berry would “significantly advance efforts under way to move towards a world free from violence and discrimination” against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. “Too often, in too many countries, LGBT persons are threatened, jailed, and prosecuted because of who they are or who they love,” Kerry said in a statement.