WASHINGTON D.C. — (02-10-22) — The U.S Senate made history on Tuesday confirming Chantale Wong, the first openly LGBTQ Person of Color to an Ambassador-Level position. President Biden nominated her for the position back in July.
“As the first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to an ambassador-level position, Ambassador Wong is also a symbol of hope and strength for LGBTQ leaders,” said the president of the LGBTQ Victory Fund.
The Senate confirmed Ambassador Chantale Wong as the U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank by a Senate vote of 66-31.
LGBTQ advocates celebrated the history making moment.
“As the first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to an ambassador-level position, Ambassador Wong is also a symbol of hope and strength for LGBTQ leaders and community members fighting for LGBTQ rights across the globe,” said Annise Parker, president and chief executive of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and LGBTQ Victory Institute, in a statement. “Millions of people still live in countries that criminalize LGBTQ people and deny them the right to marry, including many members states of the Asian Development Bank. Her appointment is a powerful statement to those nations.” said Parker.
Ambassador Chantale Wong served as the budget director for NASA and was previously the acting budget director for the Treasury Department.
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