During his remarkable life, Ambassador James Hormel made history and he made the world a better place.

James' kindness and commitment to human rights, including his efforts to help found the Human Rights Campaign and advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS, changed lives and inspired generations of nations.

As our country's first openly gay ambassador, James' distinguished service represented the very best of America and paved the way for others.

I will always be grateful for James's friendship and counsel for over many years. He will be missed. I send my condolences to his husband Michael; children Alison, Anne, Elizabeth, Jimmy, and Sarah; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul Bacon, Hallandale Beach, Florida