DOI LGBT Pride Month 2012 Lunch and Learn Event – Program Details
The LGBT Pride Month program will be held on June 28th, from noon to 2:00 PM, in the South Interior Building auditorium.
DOI GLOBE is collaborating with the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), the BIA Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, and the DOI Office of Civil Rights to present the documentary, “Two Spirits,” followed by a panel discussion on topics and issues raised in the documentary. The White House Office of Public Engagement proposed that DOI present this video and will participate in the program as well. In addition, the Office of Civil Rights is working with the Office of Personnel Management to collaborate on the program as part of our shared diversity engagement agreement. The program will be open to all Federal employees.
The program will lead off with a welcome and opening remarks from Deputy Secretary David Hayes and Assistant Secretary – Policy, Management, and Budget Rhea Suh. We will then screen the documentary entitled “Two Spirits,” which discusses the murder of a two-spirit American Indian youth in conjunction with Native American concepts of gender, which differ significantly from traditional Western notions of gender roles and expectations. Following the documentary screening, a panel of two spirit and Government representatives will discuss issues related to the documentary subject. Invited panel members include Richard LaFortune, a spokesperson for the Native American two-spirit community; Matt Nosanchuk, a Department of Justice representative to speak on hate crimes policies and practices; and Gautam Raghavan, a White House representative to speak on Administration efforts to improve safety and protections for all LGBT Americans. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology, Information, and Business Systems, Andrew Jackson, will moderate the panel discussion. At the conclusion of the program, DOI GLOBE will present its annual New Millennium Human Rights Award to an individual who has significantly improved the quality of the work environment for LGBT employees of the Department.
We are billing this as a Lunch and Learn Program, so please feel free to bring your lunch to eat while the video is being presented.