OutRight Welcomes US President-Elect Joseph Biden's Picks for Secretary of State and Ambassador to the UN


23 November 2020

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OutRight Welcomes US President-Elect Joseph Biden's Picks for Secretary of State and Ambassador to the UN

President-Elect of the US Joe Biden announced today the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as ambassador of the US to the United Nations. He also announced the nomination of his long-time foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken as Secretary of State.

Both come with extensive experience in the Foreign Service. Among numerous ambassador positions, Linda Thomas-Greenfield served as the top US diplomat overseeing African affairs in the Obama administration. While Antony Blinken served as Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Advisor under the Obama administration.

Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International, comments:

“Even today, in 2020, there isn't a single country in the world in which LGBTIQ people live free from violence, stigmatization or discrimination. Too often, especially where laws criminalize our identities and governments persecute us, international mechanisms are the only avenue we have for seeking justice and recognition of our rights. 
OutRight welcomes the nominations to the Foreign Service announced by US President-Elect Joseph Biden today. We look forward to collaborating where possible with Antony Blinken to reestablish respect for LGBTIQ rights throughout US foreign policy, and with Linda Thomas-Greenfield to restore US support for UN agencies and mechanisms generally, and in relation to LGBTIQ rights specifically. We will also hold them accountable for an intersectional human rights agenda that values LGBTIQ people, people of color, immigrants, women and other vulnerable groups.”

OutRight holds recognized consultative status at the UN and is the only LGBTIQ organization with a permanent presence to advocate for LGBTIQ equality at the UN headquarters in New York. OutRight is also a co-founder and serves as the secretariat of the UN LGBTI Core Group, an informal group of 33 states and the delegation of the European Union who collaborate on LGBTIQ issues at the UN.




OutRight Action International works at a global, regional and national level to eradicate the persecution, inequality, and violence lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) people face around the world. From its offices in 7 countries and headquarters in New York, OutRight builds capacity of LGBTIQ movements, documents human rights violations, advocates for inclusion and equality, and holds leaders accountable for protecting the rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere. OutRight has recognized consultative status at the United Nations.