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Boston Globe: Kerry establishes LGBT envoy to advocate for rights overseas

WASHINGTON —The Department of State will announce the appointment later this month of a special envoy to advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people overseas, a State Department official told the Globe on Thursday.

The move would preempt a bill sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey, which called for the creation of an LGBT rights envoy. The bill died in the last session of Congress, but was reintroduced last week by Markey, with an identical version in the House of Representatives sponsored by Democratic Representative Alan S. Lowenthal of California.