Diplomat insists U.S. committed to LGBT rights

Eric Catalfamo of the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, left, speaks at the opening of the Civil Marriage Equality Congress in San José, Costa Rica, on Nov. 9, 2017. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — An official with the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica on Thursday stressed the U.S. continues to support the rights of LGBT and intersex people around the world.

“Our government has a strong commitment to support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,” said Eric Catalfamo at the opening of the Civil Marriage Equality Congress that is taking place at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in the Costa Rican capital of San José.

Catalfamo, who spoke on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day, said the embassy continues to work with Costa Rican LGBT rights advocates.

He noted embassy personnel took part in San José’s 2016 Pride march, which included a tribute to the 49 people who were killed inside the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. Catalfamo also pointed out the embassy flies the rainbow flag throughout the month of June.

Catalfamo in his speech noted he himself is gay and cited Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Pride month statement in which he said, among other things, the State Department and the U.S. “will continue to support the human rights of LGBTI persons together with like-minded governments, businesses and civil society organizations globally.”

“The dignity and equality of everyone is engrained into the constitutional, fundamental principles of the U.S.,” said Catalfamo, referring to the statement.

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