Douglas Janoff: ‘Gay diplomats willingly visit anti-LGBTQ countries’

The Canadian Foreign Service officer tells Mike Higgins about queer diplomats’ difficult postings and the perception that LGBTQ rights are a western imposition.

The World Today Published 2 June 2023 4 minute READ

Dr Douglas Janoff

Strategic advisor on human rights and diplomatic affairs

Queer Diplomacy: Homophobia, International Relations and LGBT Human Rights
Douglas Janoff, Palgrave Macmillan, £89.99

In ‘Queer Diplomacy’, Douglas Janoff examines LGBTQ human rights diplomacy from the perspective of diplomats, LGBTQ activists, human rights experts and specialists in multilateral diplomacy. Janoff was appointed to Canada’s Foreign Service in 2009, with diplomatic postings to Washington, Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

In 1984 you were protesting for gay rights outside the United Nations in New York, and 30 years later you were promoting LGBTQ issues inside the same building as a diplomat. How does that progress feel to you?

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