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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)0
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
This program is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Sign language interpretation will be provided. If you have any questions about this program, please send an e-mail to Laura Tronge, OCR, at [email protected].
NIH Salutaris, the GLBT Employee Forum at NIH, would like to extend an invitation to our colleagues across the Federal Government to attend our LGBT Pride Month program next week. We would like to invite everyone to join us, as we discuss LGBT cultural competency of employees in the scientific and medical research workplace.
Subject: NIH Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month Program
When: Friday, June 29, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Where: Lipsett Amphitheater, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, Building 10
Theme: Out Of The Closet And Into The Lab: A Panel Discussion Focused On Workplace Issues For And About The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Research, Medical And Administrative Professional
Please join us for the National Institutes of Health, 2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month Program. LGBT Pride Month is celebrated in June of each year commemorating the Stonewall Rebellion which is widely recognized as the defining event that marked the start of the Gay Rights movement in the United States and around the world. For the fourth consecutive year, President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month and requested that we “rededicate ourselves to a task that is unending – the pursuit of a Nation where all are equal, and all have the full and unfettered opportunity to pursue happiness and live openly and freely.”
This event will include a frank discussion addressing the need for a culturally competent workforce and inclusive workplace at the NIH. Specifically, the program will address how an LGBT identified fellow, researcher or administrative professional should address their sexual orientation and/or gender identity at work. Additionally, managers and staff will learn new strategies they can use to ensure a healthy, inclusive, and safe workplace for all staff. The panel discussion will serve to educate the NIH community on aspects of the LGBT community, diversity, and inclusion.
The panel will be comprised of
- Dr. Mark Schuster, M.D., Ph.D., William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and Chief of General Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Health Policy, Department of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital;
- Ida L. Castro, J.D., M.A., Vice-President, Community Engagement and Equity at the Commonwealth Medical College;
- Scout, Ph.D., Director, Network for LGBT Health Equity at the Fenway Institute;
- Judith Bradford, Ph.D., Director, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health; and
- Matthew P. Hoffman, B.D.S., Ph.D., Chief, Matrix and Morphogenesis Unit, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology, NIDCR, NIH.
- The program will be moderated by Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., Deputy Director of NIH.
The event will be videocast to the public.
Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Kay Johnson, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, at 301-402-3681, through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or via email [email protected].
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.
The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with the program “Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt.” The program will use The Quilt as its anchor to explore the community crafts and performances that developed during the past 30 years in response to the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS. The program will celebrate The Quilt’s artistry, and Festival visitors can learn about innovative and resourceful ways communities educate and cope with one of the most complex epidemics in modern history. ”Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding The AIDS Memorial Quilt” is produced in partnership with The Names Project Foundation.
The Festival will be held Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 4, through Sunday, July 8, outdoors on the National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets. All events are free. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day with special evening events such as concerts and dance parties beginning at 6 p.m. The Festival is co-sponsored by the National Park Service.
At the Festival, visitors will have the opportunity to help make panels that will be incorporated into The Quilt, to tell their own stories and to take part in rituals such as the reading of names and using the “lotus fold” to display and pack The Quilt each day. The program will feature performances by artists in the theater, design, and music industries who have been affected by HIV and AIDS. Festival visitors also will see how people are using traditional knowledge, skills, and expression to create vibrant AIDS-themed art to raise awareness about the disease. For more information, please visit the Smithsonian Folklife Festival website.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2012
By The President Of The United States Of America
From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law ‑‑ not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a Nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us are free to live and love as we see fit.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story. From brave men and women who came out and spoke out, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, to activists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marched on Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what once seemed inconceivable. This month, we reflect on their enduring legacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible, and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom for all Americans.
Since I took office, my Administration has worked to broaden opportunity, advance equality, and level the playing field for LGBT people and communities. We have fought to secure justice for all under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and we have taken action to end housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We expanded hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients and their loved ones, and under the Affordable Care Act, we ensured that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to someone just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Because we understand that LGBT rights are human rights, we continue to engage with the international community in promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT persons around the world. Because we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans can serve their country openly, honestly, and without fear of losing their jobs because of whom they love. And because we must treat others the way we want to be treated, I personally believe in marriage equality for same-sex couples.
More remains to be done to ensure every single American is treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Moving forward, my Administration will continue its work to advance the rights of LGBT Americans. This month, as we reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go, let us recall that the progress we have made is built on the words and deeds of ordinary Americans. Let us pay tribute to those who came before us, and those who continue their work today; and let us rededicate ourselves to a task that is unending ‑‑ the pursuit of a Nation where all are equal, and all have the full and unfettered opportunity to pursue happiness and live openly and freely.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2012 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
On Tuesday morning, President Obama demonstrated his continued commitment to LGBT equality by issuing a Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.
This Memorandum directs all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons. Specifically, the Presidential Memorandum directs agencies to:
- Combat the criminalization of LGBT status or conduct abroad.
- Protect vulnerable LGBT refugees and asylum seekers.
- Leverage foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance nondiscrimination.
- Ensure swift and meaningful U.S. responses to human rights abuses of LGBT persons abroad.
- Engage International Organizations in the fight against LGBT discrimination.
- Report on progress.
For more information:
- Read the Presidential Memorandum
- FACT SHEET: Working to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons Globally
On Tuesday, just moments after the Presidential Memorandum was released, Secretary Clinton delivered a speech in Geneva in recognition of Human Rights Day. In her speech, Secretary Clinton passionately articulated the importance of defending the human rights of LGBT people everywhere, reiterating that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
Washington, DC – November 2, 2010
The Rainbow History Project and the DC Preservation League are pleased to announce the inclusion of the late Dr. Franklin E. Kameny’s home and office in the National Register of Historic Places. Dr. Kameny, leader of the gay civil rights movement and creator of a more militant gay activism in the 1960s, passed away on October 11, 2011. The Kameny home becomes only the second site in the United States recognized for its connection to this historic civil rights struggle. The Stonewall Inn in New York City was the first site recognized. In 2000, it was added to the list of National Historic Landmarks reserved for the most significant historic properties of national significance. Rainbow History began the nomination process for the Kameny historic site in 2003.