Gay diplomat speaks about past expulsion from the Foreign Service

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On the November 26 episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev,” a weekly program on diplomacy and global affairs, Jan Krc is featured as the interviewee. Krc—a public affairs counselor at the United States Embassy in Vienna—discussed how his career came to a halt in 1984, when he was expelled from the Foreign Service for being gay.

“All of a sudden I was in Washington with a dark cloud hanging over me with no future,” Krc said during the interview. After security officials had gotten news of his homosexuality, he was restricted to a geographically-limited security clearance for Washington only.

The public affairs counselor also made it known that, for that moment in time, it was almost considered courteous of those who let Krc keep his job at all, as many who served were simply fired upon discovery of their orientation.

Krc, who joined the service in 1982 and was kicked out two years later, spent years fighting in court and reapplying before being accepted back in 1993. He’s since served in Turkey, Hungary, Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic—which happens to be where he was born.

“I do believe that my legal battle did help make change happen,” the diplomat told the host.

During the interview, Krc also discussed recent advances for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender officers, Hilary Clinton’s 2011 gay rights speech in Geneva, and about being a foreign-born United States diplomat.

“Conversations with Nicholas Kralev” is sponsored by Qorvis, the Delevan Foundation, and its viewers, who can contribute at the host’s website.

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