If we don’t stand up for our own LGBT families, all the homophobic countries will pick up on that signal. If we’re going to stand up for LGBT rights around the world, we need to stand up for our own American diplomats and their families.

Selim Ariturk, president of GLIFAA, the organization representing LGBT employees at the State Department. PREACH. 

Gay Diplomats Say State Department Is Failing Their Families | J. Lester Feder for BuzzFeed 

anonymous asked:

I would die of joy if you made Diplomacy a once a week fanfic! I think it's just getting started so there's still so much room for development between the characters. I like all your stories I just think Diplomacy is so very different from anything I've ever read and this story is just getting started.

LOL, get your coffin ready. 😉

And thank you 💜💙 I’m so glad people seem to like it! 😃 It’s a lot different than anything I’ve ever written, so it’s a bit harder for me. The “big bad” isn’t trying to kill them all, so it’s a different dynamic (plus the problem isn’t related to physical violence, but rather rooted in politics and all that fun stuff). I’m really excited to work on it, so I’m THRILLED that people want to read it 😊


Today in Haitian History - April 24, 1966 – Haiti receives Emperor Haile Selassie 

In 1966, Haiti welcomed one of the most symbolic black figures of the world. For the occasion, François Duvalier (left) had public settings redecorated in Port-au-Prince to match the national colours of Ethiopia. While Selassie was met with much euphoria in the capital, some historians maintain that François Duvalier attempted to put forward a new foreign policy agenda with such visit. Aware of his illness and of his regime’s unpopularity with foreign leaders, Duvalier was eager to accord diplomatic recognition to newly independent African states and to establish cordial ties with leaders of the continent in hopes of proving some consistency with his Noirist ideology and to demonstrate that his administration did possess some alignment beyond its professed anti-communism.

Image Courtesy of: Life Magazine. 


Like the rest of the country, Cuban baseball has been in crisis. But as the U.S. and Cuba have moved to normalize diplomatic relations, hope is bubbling that the rapprochement could bring new opportunities, stop Cuba’s top talent from fleeing and perhaps lead to reconciliation between those who’ve left and those who’ve stayed.

Back in December, President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba gave simultaneous speeches on live television.

The leaders announced that after more than 50 years, the two countries would re-establish ties and that sometime soon the American flag would fly over an embassy in Havana and a Cuban one would fly over an embassy in Washington. 

It wasn’t long before headlines about the potential for baseball diplomacy began appearing.

With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Photo Credit: Eyder Peralta/NPR

The U.S. is missing opportunities because too many U.S. ambassadors have not arrived to fill vacant posts. A Senate backlog in confirming ambassadorial candidates has left the U.S. without permanent ambassadors in 40 countries and a total of 58 State Department nominees still awaiting confirmation.

This logjam in the Senate is hampering America’s role in the world. Read more here.

MYANMAR, YANGON : US President Barack Obama (L) and Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi make their way from a press conference at her residence in Yangon on November 14, 2014. Obama began talks with Suu Kyi, in a show of support for the opposition leader as the nation turns towards elections next year with uncertainty over the direction of reforms. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

Baltimore today was everywhere in 1967-68. We have to remember that these issues of going abroad to fight enemies leaves our internal problems festering and they can blow at any time. So history repeats.
—  Tom Hayden, a founder of Students for a Democratic Society and major organizer of demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Watch his interview on Democracy Now! today.
Standing tall next to the most powerful man on the planet, she exuded the quiet confidence of an intelligent, empowered, professional woman — neither trying to shrink to avoid scrutiny nor over-project to hog the limelight. She certainly didn’t treat her skin color as a liability that needed to be camouflaged or covered, which is something that dark Indian women sadly often find themselves doing.