US names first global envoy for gay rights

The United States' first envoy for gay rights Randy Berry.

The United States’ first envoy for gay rights Randy Berry.

The United States is naming its first international envoy for gay rights.

The state department says Randy Berry will be its special envoy to promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Berry is a veteran diplomat currently serving as consul general at the US Consulate in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He’s also served at US posts in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda and South Africa, and speaks Spanish and Arabic.

The State Department said earlier it would appoint an openly gay foreign service officer to the post.

Secretary of State John Kerry says Berry will help the Obama administration put gay rights at the core of its human rights efforts globally.

The US has urged foreign countries to eliminate laws that criminalise consensual same-sex activity.

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