U.S Special Envoy for Human Rights of LGBTI people will remain in State Department

In a letter to U.S. Senator Bob Corker, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has asserted that the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons will remain, despite his plans to significantly restructure the State Department and eliminate dozens of similar roles.

Career foreign service officer Randy Berry has served in the role since Secretary of State John Kerry originated it in April 2015; whether the Special Envoy position would continue under the Trump administration, which has been hostile to LGBT+ rights, has been an open question.

Berry’s official bio on the State Department website notes his service in the role in the past tense, although a State Department spokesperson told the Washington Blade that he continues to serve.