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John Kerry issues historic apology for State Department’s decades of LGBTI discrimination


Throughout my career, including as Secretary of State, I have stood strongly in support of the LGBTI community, recognizing that respect for human rights must include respect for all individuals. LGBTI employees serve as proud members of the State Department and valued colleagues dedicated to the service of our country. For the past several years, the Department has pressed for the families of LGBTI officers to have the same protections overseas as families of other officers. In 2015, to further promote LGBTI rights throughout the world, I appointed the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.

In the past – as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades – the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place. These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today.

On behalf of the Department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past and reaffirm the Department’s steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion for all our employees, including members of the LGBTI community.”— Secretary of State John Kerry, in a statement released Monday.

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  • Ronbo

    I’m glad that establishment Democrats have such great hind-sight. As a community we need to stop praising those who have worked against us waiting until after the public has moved.

    President Obama had a lot of potential and said all the right words; but, when the rubber hit the road, he delayed ending DADT for years and lobbied House Members to NOT legislate the end of DADT.

    Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi took political risks in supporting us early. Let’s not rewrite history or reward those who would give us scraps.

  • Mo Bro

    How courageous for old Horse-Head to step up to bat 2 weeks before his job ends.
    Another passive-aggressive prog shows his true colors.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Obama’s got it; long lens. Too bad, divisive trolls. Try some other site for your pro-Trump bullshit.

  • Kieran

    Every year it seems they’re adding a new letter. How long before they add an H for hermaphrodites?

  • GayEGO

    I see some trolls here who have not done the research and they don’t understand that people that used to believe what their religions taught them have learned and changed to support us. My lifetime partner of 55 years, married 13 years, are both retired and living the American dream and we can file our income taxes jointly. Too bad the president elect Trump is such a dufus.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    One can gild a lawn turd in gold-beaten, 22-karat, malleable, ductile affluence, until the monument glows with the warmth of Egypt, sadly, it is still a turd.

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