President of GLIFAA
GLIFAA is the LGBT association of the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other U.S. foreign affairs agencies. We advocate for the human rights of LGBT people around the world, as well as for U.S. Government employees who are LGBT.
I was proud to serve as president of GLIFAA under President Obama when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Together with the Obama Administration, we partnered with LGBT advocates in every part of the world to support their country-specific efforts, elevated the protection of the human rights of LGBT in important international organizations like the United Nations, corrected our passport application process for U.S. Citizens to declare their accurate gender identity, and extended equal benefits to LGBT families in the U.S. Foreign Service.
It was an exciting time to be a U.S. diplomat!
Mexico City & Lagos, Nigeria
My first assignment as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer was to Lagos, Nigeria, in 2008. I issued visas to those wishing to visit the United States for business, to visit family, or to attend school. I conducted outreach to the arts community in Lagos and helped administer vaccinations to children in southeastern Nigeria.
I then served in the Africa Bureau in Washington, DC, on Somali Affairs and as a press spokesperson for U.S. diplomatic efforts in Africa. I helped lead the strategic resource planning process for the Bureau, which set budget priorities for Congressional review. It was during this assignment I served as GLIFAA president.
My last assignment as a U.S. diplomat was at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. My duties included making sure U.S. Citizens who were imprisoned in Mexico were treated appropriately and could communicate with their families. I also issue passports to U.S. Citizens in Mexico and visas to those wishing to visit the United States.