The Obama Administration is has shown their compassion for people, whether you’re black or white, gay or straight, man or woman, they have shown equal respect for everyone.
As one of his final acts as Secretary of State, John Kerry made an apology to the LGBTQ community for past discrimination toward employees and applicants based on sexual orientation
The Lavender Scare, which refers to the persecution of gays from the late 1940s to circa 1969, allowed gays to be discriminated without consequence. In 1950 the Senate published a report titled “Employment of Homosexuals and Other Perverts in Government,” which was followed in 1953 by and executive order from President Eisenhower making homosexuality grounds for dismissal from a job in federal government. Later, government-issued public service announcements claimed that homosexuals were perverts and pedophiles.
Kerry admitted the role of the State Department played in this awful legacy. And so he wrote an apology letter for all the years of discrimination. It read:
“Throughout my career, including as Secretary of State, I have stood strongly in support of the LGBTI community, recognizing that respect for human rights must include respect for all individuals. LGBTI employees serve as proud members of the State Department and valued colleagues dedicated to the service of our country. For the past several years, the Department has pressed for the families of LGBTI officers to have the same protections overseas as families of other officers. In 2015, to further promote LGBTI rights throughout the world, I appointed the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.
In the past – as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades – the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place. These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today.
On behalf of the Department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past and reaffirm the Department’s steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion for all our employees, including members of the LGBTI community.”