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On June 25, President Biden announced his appointment of Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International as Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons:
WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of his remarks at the White House for Pride Month, President Joe Biden announced that he will appoint Jessica Stern to be the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons at the Department of State – a role critical to ensuring that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world. The Special Envoy will play a vital role in leading implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Around the World. At a time when the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons are increasingly threatened in all regions of the world, the Special Envoy will bring together like-minded governments, civil society organizations, corporations and international organizations to uphold dignity and equality for all.
Jessica Stern, United States Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons, Department of State
Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International, is based in New York. Jessica specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. At OutRight, she has supported the legal registration of LGBTIQ organizations globally, helped secure the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, expanded the UN General Assembly resolution to include gender identity, and co-founded the UN LGBTI Core Group. She has provided expert opinions to governments globally, regional human rights institutions, and UN mechanisms, including UN Women where she serves as a member of multiple leadership bodies. Her writing has been cited by the Indian Supreme Court in its seminal judgment decriminalizing same-sex relations and been featured in The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security (2019). She is frequently quoted by the media, including by The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, BBC News, and The Guardian. She is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.
It is with a mixture of emotions that we announce the forthcoming departure of our executive director, Jessica Stern, who has been selected by the Biden Administration to serve in the role of Special Envoy for International LGBTQI Rights.
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— OutRight (@OutRightIntl) June 25, 2021
We're proud to welcome Jessica Stern to the @StateDept to lead our fight for LGBTQI+ rights at home and abroad. The appointment of a U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons signals that we're committed to advancing equity for LGBTQI+ people everywhere. https://t.co/s5ZVLLOKD5
— Wendy R. Sherman (@DeputySecState) June 25, 2021
67 countries continue to criminalize same-sex relations, most of them as a result of laws dating back to colonial times.
Read #OutRight's Executive Director Jessica Stern's insights on this colonial legacy on @BBCNewsAsia https://t.co/cIKuertbW9
— OutRight (@OutRightIntl) June 29, 2021