Post Representatives

Post Representatives

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 (glifaa@state.gov) 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 postrepscoordinator@glifaa.org.

Post   Post Rep
Albania Tirana Elizabeth Barnhart
Algeria Algiers Cynthia Eldridge
Australia Canberra Walker Murray
Austria Vienna Jan Krc
Bangladesh Dhaka Sara Calvert
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Brian Corteville
Bulgaria Sofia Richard Damstra
Cambodia Phnom Penh Michelle Bennett
Chile Santiago Jason Jeffreys
China Beijing Guy Margalith
China Beijing Carl Watson
China Guangzhou Matt Paschke
China Shanghai Jeffrey Warner
China Shenyang Robert Pastore
Colombia Bogota Mark Mitchell
Costa Rica San Jose Cynthia Wang
Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan Tim Markley
Cuba Havana Derek R Kolb
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Gary Lowman
Egypt Cairo Rachel Aicher
El Salvador San Salvador Christopher Baumgarten
England London Philip Drewry
Estonia Tallinn J. Michelle Schohn
Georgia Tbilisi Patrick R. Wingate
Germany Berlin Erich Kraus
Germany Hamburg Heiko Herold
Germany Munich John R. Crosby
Germany Frankfurt Michael Margolies
Ghana Accra Charles W. Lewis II
Haiti Port-au-Prince Skye Justice, Emily Ruppel
Hungary Budapest Riley Lynch
Israel Tel Aviv Jacob Grannell
Italy Milan Rami, Patrick Wingate
Italy Rome Erich Hosbach
Jamaica Kingston Anthony Hron
Kazakhstan Almaty Michelle Blau
Kenya Nairobi Mark Weinberg
Kosovo Pristina Robin Clune
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek Amanda Walters
Lithuania Vilnius Kim Durand-Proud
Macedonia Skopje Marisa Mac Issac
Madagascar Antananarivo Robert Stouse
Mali Bamako Margaret McElligott
Mexico Ciudad Juarez Eric Concha
Mexico Guadalajara Kerry Nikutta
Mexico Mexico City Alice Caruso, Phil de Souza
Mexico Monterrey James Nussbaumer
Mexico Tijuana Victor Garcia Rivera
Montenegro Podgorica Email podgorica@glifaa.org
Nepal Kathmandu Patrick McNeil
New Zealand Auckland Jeramee Rice
Pakistan Islamabad Contact islamabad@glifaa.org
Panama Panama City Mike Escott
Peru Lima Heidi Sierra
Philippines Manila Michael Tapley
Portugal Lisbon Ethan Tidwell
Romania Bucharest Ravi Buck
Saudi Arabia Riyadh Ariel Michael Gore
Senegal Dakar Jill Randall
Serbia Belgrade Rob Force
Sierra Leone Freetown Douglas Sun
South Korea Seoul Brian Breuhaus
Sudan Khartoum Robert Heater
Tajikistan Dushanbe William F Salisbury
Thailand Bangkok Aaron Schubert
Tunisia Tunis Isabel Rioja-Scott
Turkey Adana John Espinoza
Turkey Ankara Tom Coleman
Turkey Istanbul Amanda Salazar
Ukraine Kyiv Doug Morrow
United Nations New York Brian Heath
Uruguay Montevideo Genevieve Shapiro
Venezuela Caracas Charles Bentley
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Cristoph Mark