If so, it wouldn’t be very surprising. Diplomacy works in odd, some would say even Byzantine, ways. Washington’s support of gay rights around the world is well known. But the moment an ambassador nails his pro-gay colors to the mast in an environment that might be perceived as anti-gay, feathers are ruffled in the hosting country and, thus, in his home country.
So an ambassador is best advised to camouflage his support for gay rights in a country like Kenya or Uganda by, say, hosting an International Aids Day event which trawls in all sorts of players. But to single out the LGBTI community and show overt support? That’s tricky even if his own president has been unequivocal on the rights of gay and lesbian men and women.
Rumor has it that the envoy has been associating too much with the gay and lesbian community from the day president Obama supported the same sex marriage. It is alleged his association with the said community angered Kenya government officials who wrote a letter to the United States President Barrack Obama saying the ambassador was promoting bad culture to the African people.
Now, I am reminded about why I could never be a diplomat. The sophistry and hypocrisy would drive me nuts.
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