Washington, DC – President Joe Biden nominated LGBTQ philanthropist and advocate Scott Miller to be the United States ambassador to Switzerland on Friday – making him among the first out LGBTQ ambassadors appointed by the Biden administration. Miller currently serves as board co-chair of the Gill Foundation, and with his husband Tim Gill is the largest contributor to LGBTQ causes in history.
Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute, released the following statement about the nomination:
“There is enormous power in LGBTQ people representing the United States abroad as ambassadors and Scott will ensure the advancement of equality is always on the diplomatic agenda. Much of his career has been dedicated to furthering LGBTQ rights and ending discrimination against the most vulnerable in America and we are fortunate he will soon have a global platform to push for these human rights issues. He will make a fantastic representative for our country.”
Victory Institute’s Presidential Appointments Initiative works with the administration to recommend and advocate for qualified LGBTQ leaders ready to serve in the administration. Victory Institute aims to help the Biden administration become the most LGBTQ-inclusive in U.S. history.
The Initiative – first launched by Victory Institute during President Bill Clinton’s administration – achieved unprecedented success under President Barack Obama, who appointed approximately 330 LGBTQ people, the most in history. Of those, 158 were assisted by the Presidential Appointments Initiative.
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LGBTQ Victory Institute works to achieve and sustain global equality through leadership development, training, and convening to increase the number, expand the diversity, and ensure the success of openly LGBTQ elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.