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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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State Department names first global envoy for LGBT rights

Monday, February 23, 2015
Randy Berry
The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Monday, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas. ...

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State Department to establish LGBT envoy to advocate for rights overseas

Friday, February 6, 2015
The U.S. Department of State will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for the rights of LGBT people overseas. ...

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Ted Osius III becomes first openly gay U.S. ambassador to East Asia

Thursday, December 11, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) administers the oath of office to Ambassador Ted Osius (right), with Osius' husband Clayton Bond holding the Bible.
As the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius is the seventh openly LGBT person named as an ambassador under the Obama administration. ...

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State Department condemns Gambia’s new anti-gay law

Monday, November 24, 2014
DAKAR, Senegal -- The U.S. State Department has condemned the decision by Gambia's president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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