John Berry, the new U.S. ambassador to Australia, was formally welcomed to the country by Governor-General Quentin Bryce on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by both of their husbands. Berry is the first out gay ambassador to a G20 country, and he and his husband arrive in Australia in the wake of the marriage equality candidate losing in the national elections.
Four ambassadors and a senior Justice Department official were among several nominations approved by the Senate on a voice vote Thursday night.
More than two dozen activists for transgender rights attended a meeting at the White House on Tuesday. The day was marked with vigils for victims of anti-trans hate crimes.
Hoping for further advances, the influential LGBT group also is calling for Obama to issue new protections for employees of federal contractors.