“These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today. On behalf of the Department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past and reaffirm the Department’s steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion for all our employees, including members of the LGBTI community.”
This apology vanished on Monday from the State Department’s website, mere days after Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States. The Wayback Machine, an internet archive, shows the statement was still present on the site as late as Sunday. Also absent was information related to the State Department’s special envoy for the human rights of LGBT persons and Pride month observances.