United States Secretary of State John Kerry today announced his Department’s first ever Envoy for gay rights.

Randy Berry is tasked with helping countries coordinate US strategy on rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, as well as to highlight such issues around the world.

At the announcement, Secretary Kerry said, “I’d just say loudly and clearly: no matter who you are and no matter who you love, we stand with you. That’s more than a message, that is a movement that we can ignite and with our work together we will see this movement succeed.”

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Mr Berry, standing with his husband and two children, decried the violation of LGBT rights worldwide. “This love still stands ground for imprisonment, harassment, torture and far worse in too many places around the world. That is a violation of human rights,” he said.