President Obama last week nominated two more openly gay ambassadors: former HBO executive James Costos, nominated for U.S. ambassador to Spain, and Rufus Gifford, former finance official for the DNC, Obama for America, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Denmark.
“Ambassador-designate James Costos is a true citizen of the world,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin in a statement. “He has incredible global business experience and is a respected and innovative leader. He has solid business and political relationships at the highest levels and a proven commitment to community, philanthropy, human rights, and democracy that make him an outstanding choice to be the nation’s next ambassador to Spain.”
“Rufus Gifford is a terrific choice to represent our country in Denmark,” Griffin continued. “His demonstrated leadership and unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights will serve him well as he represents America’s interests abroad. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination.”
If these two are confirmed, the United States will have a total of six openly gay ambassadors around the world. Congratulations, gentlemen!