Post submitted by Brian Moulton, Former HRC Legal Director
Yesterday, President Obama announced that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will serve as his next National Security Advisor, beginning in July. He also nominated Samantha Power, who served as Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council, to replace Rice as our nation’s representative at the United Nations. Her nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.
Both Rice and Power are strong supporters of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and the inclusion of the LGBT community as part of our nation’s broader human rights agenda. One of Rice’s first acts as UN Ambassador in 2009 was to add the United States to a UN General Assembly resolution opposing the criminalization of LGBT people and their relationships, reversing the position of the Bush Administration, which had refused to join it. As a member of the National Security Council, Power frequently included protecting LGBT people in her work and remarks on international human rights.
We thank President Obama for naming these two stalwart supports of LGBT rights at home and abroad to key foreign policy positions, and we urge the Senate to move quickly to approve Power’s nomination.