President Trump’s nominee for Germany’s ambassador has finally been confirmed by the Senate.
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Richard Grenell as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany with a vote of 56-42.
What makes this appointment intriguing is that Grenell is one of those rare gay republicans that we don’t see all too often — yet they do exists as we all know.
Grenell’s appointment can be seen as somewhat a score for President Trump since in the past several months he has come under fire for what most think are his attacks on the LGBT community.
One such attack is his tweets followed by an official memo to the military insisting that transgenders be restricted from serving in the arms forces. The decision not only shocked the LGBT community but also took his unexpected generals by surprise.
Grenell might be President Trump’s first openly gay appointee in an ambassador role but the gay republican isn’t the first openly gay U.S. ambassador. Six openly gay ambassadors were actually all present at the same time on a discussion panel hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, the Harvey Milk Foundation and GLIFAA in 2015.
The six men who were made up of Ambassador to Australia John Berry, Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James Brewster, Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford, Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer, Ambassador to Spain James Costos and Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osiu, were written about in a The Washington Post article.
What sets Grenell from the pack of six is that he assumes his position as ambassador to Germany as a Republican nominated by President Trump. Does this right the wrongs to all the anti-LGBT steps done by Trump’s administration since he’s been in the oval office?
Emphatically not, however, it does provide some comfort to see an LGBT person confirmed in such a controversial White House administration.