On Tuesday, Vatican officials met with Randy Berry, the first-ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT individuals. According to Time Magazine the meeting was held over the course of an hour and was the first of its kind. Berry’s role at the U.S. State Department was only created earlier this year, and previous discussions regarding LGBT rights had never before reached such a level of religious prominence.
The conversations between Berry and the Vatican centered on violence and discrimination towards the LGBT community. Berry mentioned that there were no discussions regarding gay marriage or civil unions, but rather the shared focus was on human rights. Berry was interested in learning more about how Pope Francis addresses human rights violations.
This meeting was a particularly important one, as the Pope will soon be travelling to Uganda, where homosexuality continues to be illegal.