12/09/2013 10:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Once Expelled, Gay Diplomat Thrives in Foreign Service (VIDEO)

How has life for gay diplomats changed in recent years? On this week's episode of "Conversations with Nicholas Kralev," meet Jan Krc, the public affairs counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna who was once expelled from the Foreign Service for being gay.

Having first joined the service in 1982, Krc was kicked out two years later. Following a nearly decade-long court battle, he reapplied and was accepted again in 1993. Since then, he has served in Turkey, Russia, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic, where he was actually born.

He tells his story and talks about the recent advances for LGBT officers, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's now-famous gay rights speech in Geneva in 2011, and about being a foreign-born U.S. diplomat.

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