Tag Archives: State Department

Perkins Attacks John Kerry Over Creation Of US Envoy On Global LGBT Rights

“Most people probably assumed that America already had an ambassador for homosexuality: it’s called the Obama administration. But now, Secretary John Kerry wants to make it official by creating a permanent position in the State Department devoted entirely to strong-arming other countries into embracing his view of homosexuality. In another major U-turn from the Bush years, the Obama administration is …

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Democrats Introduce Bill To Create Special International Envoy On LGBT Rights

Via Reuters: U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced on Thursday a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The International Human Rights Defense Act, spearheaded by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, both Democrats, would appoint a special envoy within the U.S. Department …

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Obama & Kerry Condemn Attack In Paris

Via CNN: President Barack Obama strongly condemned the terror attack in Paris on Tuesday that claimed 12 lives and praised France for standing “shoulder to shoulder” in the fight against terrorism. Obama said in a statement that the U.S. would provide “any assistance” to “America’s oldest ally” in bringing the terrorists to justice. Obama was briefed on the attack against …

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Teabaggers Have The Cuba Sadz

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TURKEY: US Diplomat Charles Hunter To Marry Local Musician Boyfriend

Charles Hunter, US Consul General to Turkey, has confirmed to the local press that he will marry his Turkish boyfriend with the ceremony to take place in Wisconsin. Hunter was at an event at the Dutch consulate the previous day where he sang at an a capella choir. He responded to reporters’ questions afterward. Naturally, almost all questions were about …

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Gay Ambassador To Vietnam Takes Office

Yesterday Ted Osius was sworn in as the US ambassador to Vietnam and in the clip below he introduces himself in Vietnamese. Featured in the video is his husband and their son. Osius is the seventh openly gay ambassador to take office during the Obama administration.

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Perkins Attacks Kerry On LGBT Rights

“During last week’s LGBT pep rally at the State Department, Kerry’s rah-rah moment was saying that if confirmed, Ted Osius would be the sixth openly homosexual ambassador. ‘We now have hundreds of LGBT individuals in our bureaus at State, USAID, and at posts all around the world.’ Of course, what Kerry neglected to mention is that many of those posts …

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Sec. John Kerry Celebrates LGBT Pride, Tells Embattled Foreign Gays That “You Have A Partner In The United States”

Via press release from the White House. The Department of State joins the world in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT persons around the globe. In the United States, we have made marked progress in tearing down the unjust and unfair barriers that have prevented the full …

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State Department Cuts Funding To Uganda, Bans Officials From Entering US

Via White House press release: As President Obama has stated, the Government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship. We announced in April a series of initial responses, and we have since considered how further to reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual …

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The Bible Predicted That The Rainbow Flag Would Fly Over Israel’s US Embassy

So says the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse. (Tipped by JMG reader John)

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Senate Bill Calls For Creation Of Special United States Envoy For LGBT Rights

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced a bill that would create a special US envoy for LGBT rights abroad. J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: The bill, titled “The International Human Rights Defense Act,” was formally introduced in the Senate on Thursday along with more than 20 co-sponsors, all Democrats. “For the United States to hold true to our commitment …

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US Embassy Celebrates Tel Aviv Pride

In what will surely ratchet up the sadz in Teabagistan, the US embassy in Tel Aviv has posted a video of yesterday’s gay pride parade with a celebratory message from Dan Shapiro, the US Ambassador to Israel. Early this week the Tea People lost their shit because the embassy had flown the rainbow flag over its Tel Aviv headquarters.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: US Ambassador Celebrates Pride Month With Husband, Asks “Isn’t It Time To Stop Hating?”

Andres Duque writes at Blabbeando: Through a tweet sent this morning on the official Twitter account of the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic ambassador James “Wally” Brewster and his husband Bob Satawake sent this powerful message to all Dominicans in observance of the month of June as LGBT pride month. Since his nomination to the diplomatic post Brewster has …

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ISRAEL: Rainbow Flag Flies Over US Embassy In Tel Aviv, Haters Scream

From the Facebook page of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv: “Proudly flying the colors! For the first time in history, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the Pride flag together with our American flag. We are proud to join with the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo and its residents in celebrating LGBT Pride Week.” Fox News reporter Todd …

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Quote Of The Day – Akie Abe

“There is no difference to importance of love from sexual orientation. There should not be any discrimination because who you love. I am going to raise my voice. If my raised voice could contribute to the pride of LGBT people, there is no greater joy.” – Akie Abe, the First Lady of Japan, speaking today at a gay pride event …

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ITALY: US Embassy To The Vatican Recognizes LGBT Pride Month

President #Obama proclaims June as #LGBT #Pride Month— “let each of us speak for tolerance, justice, and dignity.” http://t.co/2c3jaet7ah — U.S. in Holy See (@USinHolySee) June 3, 2014 Former NOM communications director Thomas Peters is ever so pissed. From his post at Catholic Vote: It’s nice to see where our tax dollars are going. One wonders if a rainbow flag …

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IRELAND: US Embassy Says Americans Invented St. Patrick’s Day

From the YouTube channel of the US Embassy in Dublin.

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Sen. John McCain: Ukraine Crisis Is Result Of Obama’s “Feckless Foreign Policy”

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John Kerry On Ukraine: President Obama Is Considering All Options

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John Kerry Spoke To Uganda’s President

Via press release from the State Department: Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Ugandan President Museveni yesterday via phone. Secretary Kerry expressed the United States’ deep disappointment in the Ugandan Government’s decision to enact the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The Secretary noted that the decision complicates the U.S. relationship with Uganda. He also raised U.S. concerns that this discriminatory law poses …

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