ADDED ON: 12/22/2021

Gay Man Rufus Gifford Confirmed as State Department Protocol Chief

12/21/2021 | The Advocate

Rufus Gifford, former ambassador to Denmark, has become the latest high-ranking out official in President Joe Biden’s administration. The Senate Saturday confirmed Gifford as chief of protocol for the U.S. State Department, a position that will once again give him the rank of ambassador. He was among more than 30 nominees, many of them for ambassadorial positions, confirmed that day, the Associated Press reports. The chief of protocol serves as a liaison between the president and leaders of other countries. “For example, Gifford would likely be a point person for any meeting between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, making an openly gay man the face of the United States for a country in talks with a leader who has rolled back LGBTQ rights and looked the other way from violence against LGBTQ people in Chechnya,” the Washington Blade notes.

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