Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Deputy Communications Director

Yesterday the United States Senate unanimously confirmed HRC board member James “Wally” Brewster, Jr. to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.  
When nominated for the ambassadorship, Wally Brewster served as Senior Executive for SB&K Global, a global consumer dynamics strategy consulting firm, where he worked with clients on global expansion and growth.  Through his professional and personal activities, he has shown an unparalleled commitment to human rights and democracy around the world.
Prior to this year, three openly gay people had served as U.S. Ambassadors (Jim Hormel, Michael Guest and David Huebner).  Just this year, five openly gay people have been confirmed as Ambassadors (Brewster, along with John Berry in Australia, James Costos in Spain, Rufus Gifford in Denmark, and Daniel Baer as ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe).
It is a testament to President Obama and the U.S. Senate that the sexual orientation of these ambassadors is irrelevant to their qualifications for their posts.  All Americans should be proud to have these fine public servants representing the interests of the United States.

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