Skip to comments.Why have there been so few openly gay ambassadors?
Posted on 07/27/2013 3:26:52 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
Thomas Bayard, a former senator and secretary of state, became the first American diplomat to be given the title ambassador when he was sent to London in 1893. Since then a few thousand people have had that honor. But only three of them have been openly gay.
That is about to change. Last month, President Obama put forward the names of five openly gay nominees for ambassadorial posts. Its a remarkable step, though possibly less revolutionary than it appears. For while the nominations reflect the change in public attitudes toward the LGBT community, they also show the importance of domestic political constituencies and the money they raise. And even if the United States is moving forward on gay rights, a large part of the rest of the world lags far behind.
It was only 16 years ago that the first openly gay person was nominated to an ambassadorial posting. President Bill Clinton put forward James Hormels name in 1997 for Luxembourg, a country smaller in population than the District of Columbia, and immediately ran into congressional opposition. Several senators firmly opposed Hormel, a prominent philanthropist and grandson of the founder of the meat company that created Spam, because he was gay. . .
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Caroline Kennedy is gay?
All Islamic countries are out, so there goes the Middle East, North Africa (it says “openly”), and a sizeable chunk of Asia. Latin American culture is not exactly wild about gays, so there goes Central and South America. African nations are very much against gays. Traditional Asian cultures would not be what one could call flattered by such a gesture, nor would some Eastern Europeans. This is not rocket surgery to figure out.
Why are there so many openly absurd and idiotic media nerds?
Because they are GAY! Honduras for example, said the the gay ambassador that obama sent to them was an “insult”. Mugabe has said that he will just cut off their heads.
We never has a swisher in the white hut until the usurper moved in?
For the WSJ’s James Taranto’s “Questions Nobody Is Asking” file.
How about the ambassador that was killed in Benghazi? Any mention if that openly gay ambassador?
Christopher Stevens was open
and a State Department official in Lebanon openly solicited guards for sex
not that muslims are impressed by that shining example of western culture
Ernest Lee Sincere,our new ambassador to China.
Honduras for example, said the the gay ambassador that obama sent to them was an insult.
The Dominican Republic reacted in the same way.
Because Obama has them killed?
Homosexuals are 2% of the general population, we have had what 300 ambassadors the last 100 years........my guess we have had was more than six homosexuals in that position.
2% of the population does mean you should get 50% of the jobs.
“Caroline Kennedy is gay?
In her case, being a moron overrides being a dyke.
You know, she is, you know.
I believe the most accurate estimates of homosexuals in the US is at 2% - slightly more for males, slightly under for females. That was a few years ago before the great PR campaign for them got underway. They claim 10% which is bogus. Why is Obama going overboard for them. Do they represent more dollars than the anti-gay donors? Or is there another reason?
Maybe they don’t understand the ass-a-door part of the job.
STALINISTS LIE. ALWAYS.
The homosexual agenda is NOT about privacy. It's about shoving perversity in your face and down your throat.
Why have there been so few openly gay ambassadors?
Because you need someone to “blow” the dictators.. “and LIKE IT”..
They must be laughing at us... as in obama.
WTF? The Benghazi Boys had a good time with the deceased Ambassador in Libya.... The former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is gay.... There have been numerous gay ambassadors appointed in the past 5 years since Hillary took the reins at State, and the Human Resource Office has just about ensured that there is at least one or two gay foreign service officers at every post, no matter how small. While in Georgetown Guyana, there were three openly gay members on an Embassy staff of 16; in Rio de Janeiro the consulate had at least three openly bi- or gay foreign service officers.... In Hong Kong three members of mission were gay during my time in the management section alone.
Ambassadors represent the President of the United States. Nothing else needs be said.
Like... you know... ummmm...
Because an Ambassador represents the country and Homosexuality is a perversion that disgusts most people. A persons sexuality is not part of an Ambassadorship. However someone that is “openly gay”, or is a womanizer is forcing their sexuality on everyone else, and brings shame on his Nation.
Totally inappropriate for an Ambassador. A sane person can easily see this, but Homosexuals are not quite sane.
Cuz they’re killed at a much higher rate than straight ambassadors?
who cares? response to the author, not the poster.
I know in Latin and African culture you have prove yourself to be straight that reason why they haven’t really been gay ambassor or they kept in the closet
Remarks in print of a NYT front-page editor about seven years ago indicated that far more than half of his front-page colleagues were gay or bi and didn't care who knew it.
Look at the other angle: Obama's campaign to wreck our foreign relations moves ahead. And queer bundlers get rewarded. Win-win.
Not really, I don't think. She was sexualized at Wellesley, where some LUGs got over on her using social pressure tactics. According to alleged journal entries of hers from back then, she was in moral agony while they were working her over. We think we know how it came out, but it cost her -- and I think toughened and callused her, leaving her hard and cynical.
I agree with the article.
Lets send homo Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Indonesia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.
Hillary is available for Libya.
Maybe... just maybe... because their sex life is not something that should be on the front page headlines when they are negotiating sensitive treaties and agreements, particularly in many cultures and societies that view open sexuality of ANY kind to be improper? Could that POSSIBLY be it, you twit of a journalism major?
There are very few openly promiscuous ambassadors, as well. I'm sure some ARE, but they're smart enough to "keep in the closet", so to speak, so they can keep their cushy job.
What kind of mind wonders how many openly homosexual ambassadors have been out there?
Hillary also promoted from her first day in the job as Secretary State the very same LGBT Agenda the DOD is now implementing, e.g., your partner becomes entitled to all the rights of family members and spouses. An example is Rio de Janeiro where a second generation black FSO went to Pakistan and his Brazilian boyfriend was given his official residence to live in for excess of one year during that deployment, and if they remain together will fly to Bangkok on the tax payers dime - there is no Congressional funding so this comes from discretionary funding for over five years. Both the Congress and Senate have been aware of the use of official funds to promote this type of diversity. Interesting, challenges to this diversity in the form of normal married couples wanting a third partner did not fly but the real problem is an Agenda was funded with official government monies, even though not codified in Law. There is no budget.