Flying the Pride Flag

We are flying the Pride Flag in recognition of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) All persons are born with the same inalienable rights and we condemn any threats to those rights on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Nearly 70 countries still criminalize LGBTI status and activity. The United States continues ...
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Internationalizing African American History in the 21st Century

Last week of February, Dr. Robert F. Jefferson, Jr. , came to Austria to discuss how prominent black leaders such as Booker T. Washington and Barack Obama have provided a unique window into understanding the rich complexities of the African American experience and its impact on the international stage. He talked at schools and gave a lecture at the Amerika ...
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Breaking Hate with Christian Picciolini

The U.S. Embassy invited activist and reformed white supremacist Christian Picciolini to Vienna to talk with stakeholders about his work in extremism intervention, prevention, and disengagement. Christian Picciolini runs the NGO Free Radicals , which works on outreach to communities vulnerable to radicalization. Mr. Picciolini has trained government and law enforcement agencies and given talks around the world on ...
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A Spotlight on Visibility and Growth of LGBTQ Rights

Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gave a talk about the odds of LGBTQ politicians compared to their straight counterparts. While many politicians still hesitate to out themselves for fear of the effects such announcement might have on their career, others have come forward, promoting the cause for ...
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Rushan Abbas about human rights violations against Uyghurs in China

In her presentation at the Amerika Haus, Rushan Abbas, Director of Campaign for Uyghur s , detailed various human rights violations against Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province.  Ms. Abbas, herself a Uyghur, came to Washington, D.C., to study, and started raising international awareness for this situation.
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Diplomats for Equality support the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019

Embassies, Delegations and Permanent Missions support IDAHOBIT and EuroPride 2019, which will take place in Vienna. We, the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, The United Kingdom, The ...
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Ambassador Traina’s remarks at the “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism” Initiative

Ambassador Trevor Traina was honored to speak at an event celebrating Muslimische Jugend Österreich ‘s program against anti-Semitism. [As prepared] Hello.  It is an honor to be here today to recognize the Muslim Youth Austria for their initiative “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism.” First, let me start by wishing you all “Ramadan Kareem.” The holy month of Ramadan started this ...
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Speaking of Feminism

Rachel F. Seidman, Director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 2018/19 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turku, Finland, visited Austria on April 8 and 9, 2019 for a series of workshops and lectures on feminist activism in the U.S. Throughout her presentations in Vienna and Linz, Professor ...
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On the Appointment of Elan S. Carr as Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

Press Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019: “I am proud to announce the appointment of Elan S. Carr as the United States Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Special Envoy Carr is a former criminal prosecutor, and currently serves as a military officer. He has also served as an ...
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