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In a First, Asian-American Lesbian Confirmed to Ambassador-Level Post

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press release described her as “a leading authority in international development policy with over 30 years of experience in the multi-disciplinary field that includes finance, technology, and the environment.”Wong has said she was inspired by the late Congressman John Lewis, a longtime civil rights leader.

Lewis, she wrote in a Facebook post last year, “taught me about making good trouble but necessary trouble.” She accompanied Lewis on his annual visits to Selma, Ala., where he was beaten by police during a 1965 voting rights demonstration, and videotaped his appearances.Wong is founder of the Conference on APA Leadership, which encourages young Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to pursue careers in public service.

The LGBTQ Victory Institute, which advocated for Wong’s nomination and confirmation, issued a laudatory statement Tuesday. “Ambassador Wong is now one of the highest-ranking leaders of U.S.

economic and international policy in Asia and is well-positioned to leverage her exceptional qualifications and experience,” said Victory Institute President and CEO Annise Parker. “As the first out LGBTQ person of color confirmed to an ambassador-level posit ion, Ambassador Wong is also a symbol of hope and strength for LGBTQ leaders and community members fighting for LGBTQ rights across the globe.

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