Gay Rights on Fast Track at State Dept.
BY Kerry Eleveld
February 05 2009 1:00 AM ET
Sources familiar with the State Department say LGBT employees today are more hopeful than they have ever been about the direction of potential policy changes. Last week, 2,200 government employees (gay and straight) working in foreign affairs signed a letter advocating for fair treatment of LGBT employees that was hand-delivered to Secretary Clinton's office.
Michelle Schohn, president of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), welcomed the support of congressional members and said she firmly believed policy changes are imminent.
“We are delighted that these members of Congress share our concerns about the inequities facing gays and lesbians in the Foreign Service,” Schohn said. “I am confident that these are issues that the secretary already takes seriously.”
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