The U.S. State Department is highlighting “Pride Month” on its website with a link to President Barack Obama’s proclamation about June’s designation as the month to celebrate homosexuality and by posting profiles of department personnel who are gay, lesbian and transsexual, including an Obama political appointee whom the department describes as a transsexual who has been “an international development practitioner, academic, and ethicist.”
“The story of America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is the story of our fathers and sons, our mothers and daughters, and our friends and neighbors who continue the task of making our country a more perfect Union,” states Obama in the June 1 proclamation.
“It is a story about the struggle to realize the great American promise that all people can live with dignity and fairness under the law,” says Obama. “Each June, we commemorate the courageous individuals who have fought to achieve this promise for LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The website also posted profiles of six homosexual men, two lesbians and one transsexual who work for the State Department.
“Chloe Schwenke is one of three openly transsexual political federal appointees under the Obama Administration,” the profile of Schwenke states. “As a member of the Senior Executive Service, she serves in a dual role as Senior Advisor for LGBT Policy for USAID globally, and as the Senior Advisor to USAID’s Africa Bureau on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance.
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