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Obama's highest-ranking gay official to be nominated ambassador to OSCE | VIDEO

WASHINGTON – The White House announced today its intention to nominate Daniel Baer – the current Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor – as the next Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Baer is the highest-ranking LGBT official in the Obama Administration.

If confirmed, Baer would become the fourth openly-LGBT person to serve as a U.S. Ambassador abroad, and the first to a multilateral institution.

“Deputy Assistant Secretary Baer has led a distinguished career of public service, both at home and abroad,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said.

“Over the last few years at the Department of State, Daniel has worked tirelessly to promote democracy and human rights in every corner of the globe, helping to secure and protect the freedoms of the world’s most vulnerable communities. This, paired with his years of global business experience, makes him an outstanding choice to be our nation’s next Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”

Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News may recall a speech made by Baer at a COMPASS to Compassion Coalition meeting in October 2011 in New York City.

To read SDGLN Editor in Chief Ken Williams' report on that meeting, click HERE.

A two-part video of Baer’s speech has been released by the COMPASS Coalition and provided to SDGLN.



Daniel Baer: Compass Coalition Exclusive, Part 1 of 2 (above)



Daniel Baer: Compass Coalition Exclusive, Part 2 of 2 (above)