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Why have there been so few openly gay ambassadors?
Washington Post ^ | July 26, 2013 | By Dennis Jett

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. It’s 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 Hormel’s 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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TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: heterophobe; homosexualagenda; homosupremacist; lavendermafia; pinkjournalism
You can't make it up.
1 posted on 07/27/2013 3:26:52 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Caroline Kennedy is gay?

Who knew?


2 posted on 07/27/2013 3:29:34 PM PDT by alloysteel (Unattended children will be given a Red Bull and a free Kazoo. Reminds me of Congress...)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Perverts make up 1% of the population yet the Washington Fishwrap wants half of our ambassadors to be flaming queens and Rosie O’Donuts bull dykes
3 posted on 07/27/2013 3:31:52 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


4 posted on 07/27/2013 3:32:43 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Why are there so many openly absurd and idiotic media nerds?


5 posted on 07/27/2013 3:32:52 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


6 posted on 07/27/2013 3:33:21 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Why have there been so few openly gay ambassadors?

We never has a swisher in the white hut until the usurper moved in?

7 posted on 07/27/2013 3:33:26 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (A Quiet Rage is Building All Across America!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

For the WSJ’s James Taranto’s “Questions Nobody Is Asking” file.


8 posted on 07/27/2013 3:34:21 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

How about the ambassador that was killed in Benghazi? Any mention if that openly gay ambassador?


9 posted on 07/27/2013 3:34:36 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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


10 posted on 07/27/2013 3:34:52 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Ernest Lee Sincere,our new ambassador to China.

11 posted on 07/27/2013 3:35:13 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
why are there ANY AT ALL???
12 posted on 07/27/2013 3:37:47 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Honduras for example, said the the gay ambassador that obama sent to them was an “insult”.

____________________________

The Dominican Republic reacted in the same way.


13 posted on 07/27/2013 3:38:55 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Because Obama has them killed?


14 posted on 07/27/2013 3:40:34 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


15 posted on 07/27/2013 3:41:26 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: alloysteel

“Caroline Kennedy is gay?

Who knew?”

In her case, being a moron overrides being a dyke.


16 posted on 07/27/2013 3:42:35 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Why are there so few decorated enlisted military retirees appointed as ambassadors? I'm sure they outnumber homosexuals in our nation's demographics.
17 posted on 07/27/2013 3:42:56 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: alloysteel
Caroline Kennedy is gay?

You know, she is, you know.

18 posted on 07/27/2013 3:43:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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?


19 posted on 07/27/2013 3:44:58 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Maybe they don’t understand the ass-a-door part of the job.


20 posted on 07/27/2013 3:46:43 PM PDT by WKB
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To: Brad from Tennessee; wagglebee; GeronL
BECAUSE if it really IS about the activities of consenting adults in PRIVATE it should not play any role in international diplomacy.

STALINISTS LIE. ALWAYS.

The homosexual agenda is NOT about privacy. It's about shoving perversity in your face and down your throat.

21 posted on 07/27/2013 3:50:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

bump


22 posted on 07/27/2013 3:50:49 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: The Sons of Liberty


23 posted on 07/27/2013 3:51:05 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Gay State Conservative

FAAAAAAAAABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


24 posted on 07/27/2013 3:56:17 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Why have there been so few openly gay ambassadors?


Because you need someone to “blow” the dictators.. “and LIKE IT”..


25 posted on 07/27/2013 3:56:54 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SumProVita

They must be laughing at us... as in obama.

LLS


26 posted on 07/27/2013 3:57:29 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Let's call it for what it is...*heteronormative, phallocentric marketing*. We are sick of it!
27 posted on 07/27/2013 4:00:29 PM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


28 posted on 07/27/2013 4:02:33 PM PDT by Jumper
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Ambassadors represent the President of the United States. Nothing else needs be said.


29 posted on 07/27/2013 4:06:43 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Thy Kingdom come!)
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To: alloysteel

Like... you know... ummmm...


30 posted on 07/27/2013 4:08:40 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, my eyes!


31 posted on 07/27/2013 4:10:41 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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.


32 posted on 07/27/2013 4:59:19 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Professional gays....


33 posted on 07/27/2013 5:17:07 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Cuz they’re killed at a much higher rate than straight ambassadors?

HF


34 posted on 07/27/2013 6:20:09 PM PDT by holden (Alter or abolish it yet?)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

who cares? response to the author, not the poster.


35 posted on 07/27/2013 6:20:35 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

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


36 posted on 07/27/2013 6:48:21 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Perverts make up 1% of the population yet the Washington Fishwrap wants half of our ambassadors to be flaming queens and Rosie O’Donuts bull dykes

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.

37 posted on 07/27/2013 9:04:00 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Jumper
The former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is gay...

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.

38 posted on 07/27/2013 9:08:35 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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39 posted on 07/27/2013 9:15:20 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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Because societal decadence and depravity on the scale we see today is a relatively recent phenomenon. Because homosexuality was long considered a security risk because homosexuals were blackmail targets and because they are often psychologically unstable. Some of the most infamous of the Cold War spies—Burgess and Maclean—were homosexuals. Because ambassadors represent the USA abroad and should be wholesome rather than inherently disordered.
40 posted on 07/27/2013 9:36:33 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: Brad from Tennessee; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; sickoflibs; GOPsterinMA; NFHale; GeronL

I agree with the article.

Lets send homo Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Indonesia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.


41 posted on 07/28/2013 12:33:58 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Hillary is available for Libya.


42 posted on 07/28/2013 12:48:48 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Why have there been so few openly gay ambassadors?

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.

43 posted on 07/28/2013 12:59:28 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Obama is failing faster than I can lower my expectations.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

What kind of mind wonders how many openly homosexual ambassadors have been out there?


44 posted on 07/28/2013 4:51:42 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: lentulusgracchus
Realy? Have you ever been at an Embassy or Consulate abroad, or on the Seventh Floor at Main State and seen her "female security detail" comprised of Diplomatic Security Agents. Maybe you would like to sugar coat her sexuality as Bi-sexuality then, and I would not deny her that....

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.

45 posted on 07/28/2013 7:00:44 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Q: Why have there been so few openly gay ambassadors?

A: "Openly"

46 posted on 07/28/2013 8:15:31 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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