Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Obama's LGBT Envoy Randy Berry To Continue With Trump Administration

Randy Berry
ForeignPolicy.com reports that President Obama's Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons at the State Department, Randy Berry, will continue in that position for the Trump administration.

The special envoy position was created during the Obama years to fight back against the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people around the globe. The job's focus has been to promote the human rights and dignity of LGBT individuals worldwide.

Berry, an openly gay career Foreign Service officer became the first person to hold the position in February 2015.

LGBT advocacy groups expressed cautious support for the move.

Ross Murray, the director of programs at GLAAD, told Foreign Policy, "This is really surprising to me. I don't think I can applaud it until I see what his mandate becomes in this administration. But, Berry has been really effective in that job."

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