Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Richard Grenell

Trump Nominates Openly Gay Man 
For Post as U.S. Ambassador to Germany

The White House announced that earlier this month President Trump had nominated openly gay Richard Grenell (b. 1966) for the post of U.S. ambassador to Germany, a position that requires Senate confirmation. The press release did not mention that Grenell is gay or that he was a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention last summer, but Grenell has experience in diplomacy. During the George W. Bush administration, he was the longest serving U.S. spokesperson at the United Nations, advising four U.S. ambassadors (2001-2008).

Grenell briefly served during the 2012 presidential election as a foreign policy spokesperson for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, but resigned after less than two weeks amid pressure from social conservatives over his sexual orientation. An official of the American Family Association issued a statement at the time characterizing Grenell as a “gay activist” who would be trying to promote a “homosexual agenda.” Even so, Grenell was the first openly gay spokesman for a Republican presidential candidate.

Make of this what you will, but Grenell, who is under contract with Fox News, describes himself as a gay conservative Christian. After graduating from Evangel University, a Christian school affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination, Grenell earned an advanced degree from Harvard’s J. F. Kennedy School of Government. A member of the Log Cabin Republicans national organization, in 1995 he worked with Paul Ryan when both were congressional staffers on the same floor. Grenell has a same-sex partner of 15 years, Matt Lashey, who graduated from Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. When serving under President Bush, Grenell tried to get his partner’s name listed in the U.N. “bluebook” directory, but the request was denied by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

While Grenell has endorsed same-sex marriage and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013, he has expressed skepticism over the Student Non-Discrimination Act and former President Obama's 2014 executive order against anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors. Like Trump, Grenell is hostile to the press and often accuses reporters of biases that compromise their reporting. He also shares our president’s mean-spirited Twitter habit.

The post of U.S. Ambassador to Germany has been vacant since January 20, 2017 (inauguration day), when Trump ordered all non-career diplomats to vacate our embassies world wide, without replacements. The length of time our ambassador posts have sat vacant is unprecedented.

Your blogger doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Sources: Wikipedia, the Dallas Voice, and the Washington Blade.


  1. "Your blogger doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.".

    Do neither, Terry; get angry and get even* - and do it through posting on your highly valued and very excellent blog.

    *with a 'tip o' the hat' to the Kennedy brothers

  2. Knew Grenell from UN press corp. As one of the very few non-corp media stationed there? I can say that he was rude, supercilious; a snob of the worst sort- with little to be snobbish about. As an unaffiliated stringer, I asked questions the MSM would never dare to ask- and should have been asking: ex "when would US coalition be tried for illegal Iraq invasion based on phony WMD lies?" and those career killer queries about criminal acts committed by the zionist state. Grenell had no use for such taboo busting and his reply was "shut up" and worse. Grenell is a real dirty pos and corrupt scumbag. So of course he'll be promoted to Ambassador on his way to eventual knighthood for 'humanitarian interventions' or some such rubbish.