As part of the diplomat’s visit to South America, FALGBT held an extensive meeting with Randy Berry, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, who showed interest in the history behind forming the LGBT rights that FALGBT has fulfilled throughout the country. Among the topics addressed were sharing strategies, joint projects, and strengthening ties with organizations in the region.
The Argentine Federation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans People (FALGBT) reports that on Wednesday at noon it has held a meeting in the city of Buenos Aires with Randy Berry, United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.
FALGBT’s President Esteban Paulón, Vice President Claudia Castrosín Verdú, and Secretary of International Relations Alejandro Nasif Salum took part in the meeting with Berry.
During the meeting, FALGBT officials spoke to the special envoy about the various strategies conducted for the successful passage of the marriage equality and gender identity laws, the implementation of the LGBT Civic Responsibility Plan (devised by FALGBT in collaboration with the United Nations system in Argentina), and topics still outstanding in the area of equality.
In addition, they partook of a situation analysis of LGBT rights in Latina America and worldwide, while committing to cooperation with other regional LGBT federations and organizations in order to further equality in the region.
Berry, who was appointed just two months ago and arrived in Argentina on his first international trip, showed interest in contributing to the process of strengthening ties between the organizations, as well as in furthering the LGBT agenda together in international settings.
“With great joy we welcome Randy Berry and express gratitude that he has chosen Argentina as one of his first destinations in such little time after having been appointed. Without a doubt, our country and the Argentine LGBT Federation are exemplars worldwide when it comes to LGBT equality,” Esteban Paulón, president of FALGBT, stated.
“We cannot deny that while we have made progress in our countries when it comes to rights, sexual diversity is still criminalized in 77 countries, and 7 of them apply capital punishment. That is why the rights won in recent years, a product of our community’s struggle, present us with a historic responsibility to work toward allowing all of the region and the world to move forward toward a prospect of greater equality,” he added.
Randy W. Berry is the U.S. State Department’s first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. He arrived in his new post on April 13, 2015. Prior to serving as the Special Envoy, he served as the United States Consul General in Amsterdam. He was United States Consul General in Auckland, New Zealand, from 2009 to 2012, and prior to that, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 2007 to 2009.