June 7- 8, Special Envoy Berry will visit Kyiv, Ukraine, to participate in the country’s Pride Festival and meet with various civil society organizations and government officials.
Meet the first ever U.S. Department of State special envoy for human rights of LGBT persons, Randy Berry.
U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine shared on Facebook:
'An openly gay, married father of two young children, Berry was appointed as U.S. special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) persons in April, 2015. He is the first person to hold the a unique position created by the U.S. Department of State to underscore the importance of respect for LGBTI rights worldwide.
There isn’t a special category of rights for LGBTI persons, Berry explains: 'It’s just that they are entitled to the same rights as anyone else.'
In many places, LGBTI people face violence and discrimination — and same-sex conduct is criminalized in nearly 80 countries. Berry is committed to his mission not only because 'promoting the human rights of all persons, everywhere, including LGBTI persons' is a U.S. foreign policy priority, but also because 'it’s the right thing to do.'