This bill was introduced in the house by Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Christopher P. Gibson (R-NY), and Rep. Richard L. Hanna (R-NY) as H.R.590 on January 28, 2015 and in the Senate by Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) as S. 302 on January 29, 2015.

Summary

This bill will direct the newly created Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ Peoples position under the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor tasked with advancing U.S. foreign policy that advocates for the Human Rights of LGBTQ people internationally, and representing the U.S. in international dealings of these matters. The envoy will have to provide annual updates on the action the U.S. takes on preventing and responding to discrimination and violence that LGBTQ people face worldwide. 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • We need to stand up for the global LGTBQ community. This bill is the first bill to address issues facing the global LGBTQ community and makes protecting the human rights of LGBTQ people a foreign policy priority.
  • We need accurate information about the current state of the global LGBTQ community. The Department of State’s Report on Human Rights will include a section about the current state of LGBTQ human rights worldwide.
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