Biden names special envoy for LGBTQ rights

Biden names special envoy for LGBTQ rights
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President BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE on Friday named Jessica Stern as the State Department’s U.S. special envoy to advance the human rights of LGBTQ people, an announcement that coincides with the White House’s celebration of Pride Month.

Biden will introduce Stern during remarks in the East Room on Friday afternoon outlining his administration’s agenda to advance the rights of LGBTQ people in the United States, the White House said.

Stern is currently the executive director at OutRight Action International, a group that advocates for human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people around the world and works to stop the discrimination and violence they face. She is also an adjunct associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. 

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Stern will be the second person to hold the role at the State Department. Randy Berry was tapped as the first-ever person to hold the special envoy role in 2015 under the Obama administration. The position was left vacant under the administration of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE.

The White House said that Stern will be critical to implementing a presidential memorandum Biden signed earlier this year on protecting LGBTQ rights worldwide and to “ensuring that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.”

“At a time when the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons are increasingly threatened in all regions of the world, the Special Envoy will bring together like-minded governments, civil society organizations, corporations and international organizations to uphold dignity and equality for all,” the White House said.

On Friday, Biden will sign a bill designating the site of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting the National Pulse Memorial. Later, he will deliver remarks in the East Room alongside Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg hits back after parental leave criticism: 'Really strange' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations - US opens to vaccinated visitors as FDA panel discusses boosters Tucker Carlson mocks Buttigieg over paternity leave MORE, who is the first openly gay Senate-confirmed Cabinet member.