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The U.S. Department of State, often referred to as the State Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministry of other countries. The Department was created in 1789 and was the first executive department established. The current Secretary of State is John F. Kerry.

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Secretary of State John Kerry celebrates LGBT Pride Month

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
John Kerry
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that 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.

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U.S. imposes visa bans on Ugandan officials over gay rights abuses

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signs a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, in Entebbe, Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is imposing visa bans on Ugandan officials who are involved in corruption and are violating the rights of gay people and others. The Obama administration did not identify the targeted officials.

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Bill introduced in Senate to affirm U.S. commitment to international LGBT rights

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
Alexander Zemlianichenko, APIn this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo Russian gay rights activists march along a Moscow boulevard in downtown. Slogans read: ' Down with all Kinds of Fascism', ' Homophobia into the Fire!', ' For Peace without Racism ! ', and 'Bisexuals Against Fascism'.
BOSTON -- As the nation celebrates National LBGT Pride Month, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, on Friday introduced legislation that would affirm LGBT human rights are a foreign policy priority for the U.S. government.

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Obama nominates sixth openly gay diplomat to ambassador post

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
Clayton A Bond (left) and Ted Osius with their son Theodore Alan Bond-Osius.
President Barack Obama has nominated Ted Osius as the next Ambassador to Vietnam, the White House has announced.

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Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Arizona governor to veto anti-gay law

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
John Kerry
WASHINGTON -- America's top diplomat predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down an anti-gay proposal in Arizona if it ever becomes law and called Wednesday on the state's governor to "make the right decision" and veto it.

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Kerry: ‘A tragic day for Uganda, all who care about the cause of human rights’

| Monday, February 24, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secreatry of State John Kerry and the White House issued statements Monday denouncing Uganda president Yoweri Museveni's signing of a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, homosexual behavior.

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Kerry denounces Gambia president’s remarks that LGBT people are ‘vermin’

| Wednesday, February 19, 2014
John Kerry
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced remarks by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and that Gambia’s government would tackle them in “the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.”

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Croatia joins LGBT Global Equity Fund

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Croatia
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department announced Monday that Croatia has joined the Global Equity Fund, an initiative led by the United States to advance (LGBT) human rights around the world. "Croatia joins nine other like-minded governments (including the United States), three private foundations and...

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U.S. officials update travel warning, cite security steps for Sochi Games

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
WASHINGTON — Citing rising threats of violence at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, U.S. officials said Friday they are prepared to work with Russian security officials to help protect American athletes and the 10,000 American spectators expected to attend.

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U.S. State Department issues travel alert for Sochi Olympics

| Friday, January 10, 2014
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
WASHINGTON -- Americans planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, should be vigilant about their security due to potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care, the State Department advised Friday.

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