- September 12, 2013
Post submitted by Adam Bradley, HRC Communications intern.
A former State Department official who worked on international LGBT issues was sworn in on Tuesday as the next U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe.
Daniel Baer, who most recently worked for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, becomes the fourth openly-LGBT person to serve as a U.S. ambassador abroad, and the first to a multilateral institution. He was nominated by President Obama in June and confirmed by the Senate last month.
Baer’s remarks touched on his fear as a high school student of being constrained in his career by his sexual orientation.
“I remember a very sad and lonely junior and high school student in 1994 who wondered whether it was possible for him ever to be happy, and wondered whether it was worth going on,” Baer said.“Certainly, he would have been shocked to see today’s ceremony.”
HRC president Chad Griffin was in attendance during the ceremony.