GLIFAA Post Representatives are the voice of GLIFAA at your respective posts, and have a number of opportunities to provide assistance to other GLIFAA members, the Embassy and/or Consulate, the local LGBT population, and the organization. Over the years, GLIFAA members have contributed in important ways within their missions, often serving as catalysts for initial efforts in this area, bridging the gap between policy made in Washington and implementation in the field. We encourage all GLIFAA post reps to review the Department’s LGBT Diplopedia page (http://diplopedia.state.gov/index.php?title=LGBT) and SharePoint site on LGBT issues (http://drl.j.state.sbu/survey/LGBT/Pages/Home.aspx) to gain further insight into the Department’s efforts. Of particular interest may be the global LGBT Toolkit, circulated in early 2012: http://diplopedia.state.gov/index.php?title=LGBT#.C2.A0Tool_Kit which provides numerous tips, strategies, and best practices for engaging on LGBT human rights in various countries. Finally, check out the Council for Global Equality’s website – a great NGO that focuses on LGBT rights globally: http://www.globalequality.org/.
We encourage GLIFAA Post Reps to:
- Ensure you’re listed in the Embassy Directory and on this web page. You never know when someone may need your help as a resource, from colleagues with kids who may come out, to GLIFAA visitors wanting tips on going out, to officers considering bidding on a post; GLIFAA Post Reps can provide real assistance to our greater Foreign Service community.
- Include points of interest in your CLO newsletter. Did the Embassy create an “It Gets Better” video? Is International Coming Out Day around the corner? Is the Embassy organizing a contingent to participate in the Pride Parade? These are all great things to include in the CLO newsletter to educate and inform the greater community, and demonstrate that LGBT foreign affairs professionals are a part of that team. And always include a link to GLIFAA’s webpage as reference.
- Offer to assist other sections on LGBT outreach. You may already know the individuals and activists that our colleagues in the Political, PD, Econ, USAID, and other sections are looking for. Encourage relevant personnel to invite these groups to the Embassy so they can first become familiar with LGBT issues in the country, and encourage activists to invite Embassy personnel to their events as well.
- Apply for a grant from the GLIFAA Fund. The GLIFAA Fund can provide up to $500 a year to the Post Rep at post to support activities on the ground. Some ideas which may merit support include a GLIFAA post rep-hosted event, a specific LGBT-focused event, publication, or other program being run by a local NGO or other organization which supports the human rights of LGBT individuals. More information here.
- Support the LGBT community at post and within the diplomatic community where you are. You can have regular gatherings, formal and informal. You can bring people together – LGBT and not and American and not – to support one another and lend their skills to the LGBT policy efforts at post. There is so much we can do together. Take the reins and make it happen at your post.
- Raise visibility on key days. During the year, we celebrate a number of events in the LGBT calendar: Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, LGBT Pride Month, World AIDS Day, and others. Think if there is a short notice you could include in your Post’s newsletter or management notice.
For other ideas, please reach out to the GLIFAA board (email@example.com) and the Post Reps Coordinator, Emily. We also encourage all of you to share your experiences and best practices. For example, one GLIFAA Post Rep in the Balkans asked the local Embassy Marine Guard to provide self-defense training to individuals at a local LGBT NGO – something which both sides enjoyed and was incredibly helpful! We hope more of these ideas can be disseminated among GLIFAA Post Reps and members, and we thank you for your efforts. To volunteer to become a GLIFAA Post Rep, please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Brazil||Rio de Janeiro||Brian Corteville|
|Cambodia||Phnom Penh||Michelle Bennett|
|Costa Rica||San Jose||Cynthia Wang|
|Cote d’Ivoire||Abidjan||Tim Markley|
|Cuba||Havana||Derek R Kolb|
|Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo||Gary Lowman|
|El Salvador||San Salvador||Christopher Baumgarten|
|Estonia||Tallinn||J. Michelle Schohn|
|Georgia||Tbilisi||Patrick R. Wingate|
|Germany||Munich||John R. Crosby|
|Ghana||Accra||Charles W. Lewis II|
|Haiti||Port-au-Prince||Skye Justice, Emily Ruppel|
|Israel||Tel Aviv||Jacob Grannell|
|Italy||Milan||Rami, Patrick Wingate|
|Macedonia||Skopje||Marisa Mac Issac|
|Mexico||Ciudad Juarez||Eric Concha|
|Mexico||Mexico City||Alice Caruso, Phil de Souza|
|Mexico||Tijuana||Victor Garcia Rivera|
|New Zealand||Auckland||Jeramee Rice|
|Panama||Panama City||Mike Escott|
|Saudi Arabia||Riyadh||Ariel Michael Gore|
|Sierra Leone||Freetown||Douglas Sun|
|South Korea||Seoul||Brian Breuhaus|
|Tajikistan||Dushanbe||William F Salisbury|
|United Nations||New York||Brian Heath|
|Vietnam||Ho Chi Minh City||Cristoph Mark|