U.S. Department of the Interior – 2014 Pride Month Event






June 18, 2014

10:00 AM to NOON



Welcome: Mary Pletcher

Department of the Interior

Deputy Assistant Secretary

Human Capital and Diversity


MC: John Szemraj

U. S. Geological Survey

Acting Chief, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity


Keynote Speaker: Matthew B. Murphy, Esq.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Director, Office of Equal Opportunity

President, FEDQ (A National LGBT+ ERG for Government Employees)

Panel Discussion: Sharon Wong

Office of Personnel Management

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Deputy Director, Coordination & Policy


Michael “Ike” Kelley

Office of Planning and Performance Management

Desk Officer for FWS, NPS, Wildland Fire, and Climate Change

Past Chair, DOI GLOBE


Matthew Murphy, Esq.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Director, Office of Equal Opportunity

President, FEDQ (A National LGBT+ ERG for Government Employees)

Rachel Muir

U.S. Geological Survey

Science Advisor


Q & A Session: John Szemraj



Closing Remarks: Sarah McBride

Center for American Progress

Special Assistant for LGBT





Invite: Join Secretary Sally Jewel and Director Jon Jarvis in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, June 10th for the LGBT Theme Study Panel Discussion


Dear Friend:

Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis invite you to a panel discussion with some of the nation’s most respected researchers and preservationists to explore ways to celebrate and interpret Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history within the larger fabric of American history.

Last week, Secretary Jewell announced a new theme study, as part of the National Park Service Heritage Initiative to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the agency. The theme study is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation.

The public is invited to take part in this discussion to learn more about the initiative and to share comments on its initial phases. If you are interested in submitting a question, please submit it via the RSVP link below.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

2:00 p.m. – Check-In

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m – Panel Discussion

U.S. Department of the Interior

Sidney Yates Auditorium

1849 C Street NW


We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, June 10th and ask that you RSVP by clicking HERE by Monday, June 9th.

Thank you,

Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs

Office of the Secretary

U.S. Department of the Interior


National Park Service Seeking Stories from Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender World War II Civilians

Preserving the Hidden History of WWII American Home Front 
(Richmond, CA)—Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park has been tasked with preserving the stories and artifacts associated with the civilian American World War II Home Front. Since 2000, when the park was established, many stories and artifacts relating to life in the 1940’s have been donated to the park. However, there are still many aspects of the civilian WWII home front that the park would like to discover and preserve, including the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Likely due to the prejudice and severe legal, economic and social consequences of revealing sexual orientation in the 1940s, the park’s museum collection does not yet have any information about LGBT civilians.
“There is a sense of urgency for the park to collect these and other under-represented stories, since many people from this generation have already passed away without documenting their contributions or experiences from World War II,” says Lead Park Ranger Elizabeth Tucker. The park is partnering with the Rosie the Riveter Trust, which supports the park’s efforts to document LGBT stories, and consulting with public historian Donna Graves to produce a traveling exhibit in 2015.
A confidential phone line has been set-up: (510) 232-5050 x 6631. Please call this number if you have any information about LGBT civilian life in the 1940s. Submitting a story, photo or artifact to the park’s museum collection is a way to honor their history and contributions.
On March 24th at 3 PM, the National Park Service and the Rosie the Riveter Trust are partnering with the Lesbian Social Club in Rossmoor to host an event at this large retirement community in Walnut Creek, CA to gather LGBT stories.  The author of “Wax,” a fictional account of two lesbian shipyards workers in the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards, will be the keynote speaker.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to 510-232-5050 x6631.
Explore the nation’s history of the WWII home front by visiting Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA. The park’s Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM and is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, Richmond, CA 94804. For more information and directions to the Visitor Education Center, please call (510) 232-5050 x 0 or visit http://www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/directions.htm.  Admission to the Visitor Education Center and all programs is free. 
If you would like to receive information about upcoming park events, visit www.rosietheriveter.org and sign up for the newsletter. The Rosie the Riveter Trust is the nonprofit association that is building a community of support for the national park. 

OPM Benefits Updates for Same-Sex Spouses (DOMA)


The following documents have been released by OPM in regards to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in regards to Federal coverages and benefits for same-sex spouses and families.

Memo : Same-Sex spouse benefits

FEDVIP Carrier Letter 2013-01

FEHB Program Carrier Letter 2013-20

BAL 13-203 Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses

LGBT Pride Month 2013 – NPS Director – Jon Jarvis’ Blog


At 1:15 am on June 28, 1969, eight plainclothes police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Manhattan, and detained and arrested the bar’s employees and patrons.  As a crowd gathered outside, anger over the harassment escalated into a protest that lasted until July 3 and drew thousands of participants.  While not the first gay rights demonstration, Stonewall was the first to galvanize the gay and lesbian community and signal to the world that gay Americans would tolerate nothing less than equal rights.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Northeast Region – “Be an Ally” Brown Bag Discussion and Livestream Broadcast


Wednesday June 26th 12:00p.m.

Join Samir Davé (Chief of Diversity and Civil Rights, Northeast Region), Sarah Bevilacqua (Leadership Training and Development Team Coordinator, Northeast Region) and Margaret Byrne in a short program and informal discussion to wrap up Pride Month.  Please join us in the large auditorium of the RO at noon on June 26th.

Margaret organized this event and developed the “Be an Ally” outreach materials as a participant in the Lead your Life program.  We will discuss the value of a diverse work force, tactics on how to be an ally to LGBT people, and will publicize resources on this topic.

Bring your lunch- we will provide the dessert!


Field stations join us online:

  • Live Broadcast   www.livestream.com/r5broadcastss
  • Live Captions     www.bit.ly/R5Captions
  • Telephone number 1-866-822-6962
  • Passcode: 6339245

US FWS – Northeast Region – R5 strives to always be a Safe Zone

2013 Southwest Interagency Committee LGBT Pride Month Program


“Helping Build a More Inclusive Society”

Wilbur Cohen Auditorium
330 Independence Ave., SW
(C Street Entrance)
Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 – 11:00am

Keynote Speaker: David Catania (D.C. Councilmember At-Large)

Musical Guest: Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Janice Roane at (202) 382-7800 or [email protected]


2013 DOI LGBT Pride Month Celebration


Please save the date for a spectacular program on June 6th at 1:30 PM EST.

We have been working diligently to coordinate an LGBT Pride Month celebration this year despite the limitations imposed by the sequestration.  Many folks have come together, volunteering services and facilities to make a program a possibility this year.  The creativity and enthusiasm of trying to work in this constrained environment has actually resulted in one of the most amazing programs we’ve ever presented.


Pride. Strength, Courage, and Diversity in the National Park Service in Alaska


During specific months of the year, our Nation recognizes, celebrates, and honors the rich diversity of our people. Denali National Park Ranger, Timothy Rains, proposed an idea to celebrate the June observance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Americans. He was inspired by the “It Gets Better” project video in which LGBT DOI employees support and reassure LGBT youth by providing stories of their own early struggles and encouragement that it does indeed get better. Tim wanted to produce a video where he’d share the story about his experience working for the National Park Service and how it helped him make peace with his identity, as well as provide an opportunity for fellow LGBT employees to share their stories as well.

Federal Triangle Partnership Pride Month 2012 Event (EPA, Commerce, USAID, and Customs and Border Protection)


The Federal Triangle Partnership, consisting of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is pleased to announce its program commemorating the 2012 Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Observance, which is celebrated annually during the month of June.  The 2012 national theme is “Pride Links Us Together.”

This year’s program will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, in the auditorium of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is accessible from the Federal Triangle Metro station on the blue/orange lines.  Seating for this event is on a first come, first serve basis.

The keynote speaker is Ms. Chai Feldblum who was nominated to serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the Senate for a term ending on July 1, 2013. Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Feldblum was a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she has taught since 1991.  As Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union from 1988 to 1991, Commissioner Feldblum played a leading role in helping to draft and negotiate the ground-breaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Later, as a law professor representing the Epilepsy Foundation, she was equally instrumental in the drafting and negotiating of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. She also clerked for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun after receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

In addition, the remarks made by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in recognition of International Human Rights Day at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on December 6, 2011, will be played.

The master of ceremonies is Mr. Craig Hooks, who currently serves as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  On May 13, 2009, he was nominated by President Obama to serve in this role and was confirmed on August 7, 2009.

If you are unable to attend in person and would like to call in the information is below;

Conference Call #:        1-888-469-1981

Authorization code:     8576262

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