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John Kerry

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

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

Monday, February 24, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
John Kerry

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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.” [ Read more → ]

Croatia joins LGBT Global Equity Fund

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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... [ Read more → ]
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

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

Saturday, January 25, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

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

Friday, January 10, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Embassy in Manila.

U.S. Embassy in Manila issues its first visas to same-sex couples

Friday, December 6, 2013
MANILA, Luzon -- The United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]
via: HaaretzIdan Frumin (right) was granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv after his spouse Elad Ben Yosef got a job in the U.S.

U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv issues first visas to married, same-sex couples

Sunday, August 11, 2013
TEL AVIV, Israel -- The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday issued the first derivative visas to same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Kerry announces ease in process for same-sex couples to obtain visas

Friday, August 2, 2013
The U.S. State Department on Friday began processing visa applications from same-sex spouses in the same way that it handles those from heterosexual spouses. [ Read more → ]

Holder, Kerry honor LGBT staffers at pride events at Justice, State departments

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Departments of Justice at State celebrated LGBT pride this week, with events attended by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry, respectively. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Baer

Obama names openly gay State Dept. official to ambassador post

Monday, June 10, 2013
President Barack Obama on Monday named Daniel Baer -- a former Georgetown professor and current Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor -- to be ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), based in Vienna. [ Read more → ]

VIDEO: Secretary of State John Kerry marks LGBT pride month

Saturday, June 8, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marks LGBT Pride Month in this video released on Friday. [ Read more → ]
Mariela CastroEric Risberg, AP (File)

Mariela Castro cleared to attend Philadelphia to receive gay rights award

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro will be allowed to travel to Philadelphia to accept an award for her gay rights advocacy, officials said Tuesday, reversing a previous decision to reject her visa request. [ Read more → ]
Mariela Castro

Organizer: Castro’s daughter denied visa to attend gay rights conference

Thursday, April 25, 2013
PHILADELPHIA — The daughter of Cuba President Raul Castro cannot visit Philadelphia to receive an award for her gay rights activism because the State Department has denied her permission to travel there, officials said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Hillary Rodham Clinton

So long (for now), Hillary…

Friday, February 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America's 67th Secretary of State, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. [ Read more → ]
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., emerges after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

U.S. Senate confirms John Kerry as Secretary of State

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State, filling a key job in President Obama’s second-term national security team. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

Kerry nomination excites international LGBT advocates

Sunday, December 23, 2012
The nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state has excited advocates on global LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

HRC commends nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State

Friday, December 21, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Friday praised the nomination of U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be Secretary of State during President Obama's second term. [ Read more → ]

Clinton: LGBT-inclusion ‘the smart thing’ for U.S. foreign policy

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered on Wednesday what might be her last public address before an LGBT audience as chief diplomat for the United States when she told group of LGBT Foreign Service officers their service is integral to the country. [ Read more → ]

U.S. envoy meets Ugandan leaders over anti-gay bill

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The top U.S. diplomat in Africa met over the weekend with leaders in Uganda to express concerns about an anti-gay bill pending before the country’s parliament that could be headed for a vote as soon as this week, according to the State Department. [ Read more → ]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: ‘I wish you a happy Pride’

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday released a recorded message commemorating LGBT Pride Month. [ Read more → ]

U.S. reacts to Moscow gay pride arrests: freedom of assembly a ‘fundamental right’

Sunday, May 29, 2011
The U.S. Department of State on Sunday issued a statement in response to the arrest of 34 people during a unauthorized gay pride cebration in the center of the Russian capital. [ Read more → ]

United Nations restores ‘sexual orientation’ to anti-execution resolution

Sunday, December 26, 2010
In a follow-up to a story we covered last month, the United Nations last week voted to restore a reference to killings due to sexual orientation that had been deleted from a resolution condemning unjustified executions. [ Read more → ]

State department official says U.S. urging Uganda to block anti-gay bill

Friday, December 18, 2009
The United States said Friday it is urging Uganda's leadership to block a bill that would criminalize homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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