FROM Randy Berry
State Dept. Introduces a New LGBTI Special Envoy Gay Marriage is legal here in the United States, and in 21 other countries, including many European countries as well as some unlikely places like Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa. But in the rest of Africa and in huge swaths of Asia and Latin America, gay marriage is not only not recognized, gay rights are under attack. In the last few years, thousands of LGBTI people have been injured in attacks and hundreds have been killed. That prompted the U.S. State Department to create a new position last year, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. The first to fill that position is Randy Berry and he joins the program.
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