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New Gay U.S. Ambassador Meets With Dominican President

New Gay U.S. Ambassador Meets With Dominican President

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James 'Wally' Brewster, a Chicago business executive and political activist, aims to strengthen U.S. ties with the Dominican.

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James "Wally" Brewster, the gay businessman and activist appointed by President Obama as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, is now officially at work in the Caribbean nation, having presented his credentials to Dominican president Danilo Medina Monday.

Brewster spoke with Medina for about 10 minutes at the National Palace ceremony, in which diplomats from Colombia, the Bahamas, Portugal, and Belgium also offered their credentials, reports Dominican Today.

Brewster, previously an executive with a consulting firm in Chicago, is one of five openly LGBT U.S. ambassadors confirmed this year. Before this year, there had been only three such ambassadors. Obama received some criticism for appointing a gay man as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a conservative and overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation, but Brewster was confirmed unanimously by the Senate last month.

When Brewster arrived in the Dominican Republic with his husband, Bob Satawake, November 26, he pledged to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and the Dominican.

Brewster has a history of political involvement. He was a major fundraiser for Obama's reelection campaign last year. He also has been an LGBT cochair for the Democratic National Committee and served on the Human Rights Campaign's board of directors.


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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.