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