This week read about Chantale Wong becoming the first LGBT person of color to receive an ambassador-level position, and a Tennessee lawmaker reviving another anti-LGBT bill.
First LGBT Person of Color To Receive Ambassador-Level Position
This month, the U.S. confirmed Chantale Wong as the United States Director to the Asian Development Bank, an ambassador position. Wong is the first lesbian and first person of color to hold such a title.
According to the Victory Institute, Wong was previously the CFO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Budget Director at NASA, and Acting Budget Director of the U.S. Treasury Department. The victory advocated for Wong’s nomination after the Biden administration came into office.
“Ambassador Wong is now one of the highest-ranking leaders of U.S. economic and international policy in Asia and is well-positioned to leverage her exceptional qualifications and experience. As the first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to an ambassador-level position, Ambassador Wong is also a symbol of hope and strength,” Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute, wrote in a statement. “Millions of people still live in countries that criminalize LGBTQ people and deny them the right to marry, including many member states of the Asian Development Bank. Her appointment is a powerful statement to those nations.”
Lawmaker Revives Another ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill
Rep. Bruce Griffey. Photo via Facebook.
Florida lawmakers have been trying to pass a “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would prohibit schools and teachers from discussing LGBT-related topics — sparking controversies. Now, a Tennessee lawmaker is reviving the state's own version of the bill.
The Democratic Party tweeted, “Make no mistake: The ‘Don't Say Gay’ bill is not an isolated action in Florida.”
Rep. Bruce Griffey is leading the way in the latest revival — Tennessee legislatures have tried to pass the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in 2012 and 2013. He also tried to introduce the bill more recently but it was delayed because of the pandemic.
“The state of Tennessee is not allowed to teach my daughters Christian values that I think are important and they should learn, so I teach those at home,” Griffy told WMC. “So if those are not part of the school curriculum, I don’t see how LGBTQ and other issues and social lifestyles should be part of the curriculum.”
Griffey’s bill would ban public schools from using textbooks that “promote, normalize, support or address LGBT issues or lifestyle,” according to the Advocate.