What Can Global LGBT Rights Envoys Achieve in the Age of Trump?

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry introduces Randy Berry as the first-ever special envoy for LGBT rights, Washington, Feb. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry introduces Randy Berry as the first-ever special envoy for LGBT rights, Washington, Feb. 27, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

A year ago this month, efforts to use high-profile diplomacy in the service of global LGBT rights appeared to be gaining considerable momentum. At the United Nations, the Human Rights Council had selected Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand to serve as the first independent expert tracking violence and discrimination based on gender and sexual identity. And in Washington, Randy Berry was well into his second year as the State Department’s first special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons. To mark the completion of Berry’s first year in that position, the Human Rights Campaign praised him as “a game changer […]

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