Feb 16, 2017
In what will be a disappointment to moral traditionalists, and a relief to advocates of the gender revolution, the Trump administration “has decided to keep President Barack Obama’s top advocate for gay rights issues at the State Department,” reports Foreign Policy magazine. Randy Berry, who boasts the exotic title of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons – at least, that’s his designation pending the discovery of new “genders” and protected sexual proclivities – will remain “in his role under the current administration,” a State Department spokesperson announced on February 13.
That position “was created during the Obama years to fight back against the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the globe,” Foreign Policy recalls. Shortly before leaving office, Obama named Berry deputy assistant secretary to the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, which helps define US government policies at the United Nations. He will continue in both roles under Donald Trump.
A directive signed by Obama dictated that the State Department would use the leverage of foreign aid “to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons” and use multilateral agencies to “counter discrimination on the basis of LGBT status.”
The official policy of the Obama administration, observes Rod Dreher of the American Conservative, was to fight “traditional religious and cultural family values through official channels…. Does Donald Trump wish to continue funding America’s culture war mercenaries abroad?” asks Dreher, who ruefully concludes that “The signs do not look good.”