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.
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.
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.
Welcome to DOI GLOBE, the employee-networking group for lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT employees at the Department of the Interior. DOI has recognized GLOBE as an official employee organization since September 16, 1994.
GLOBE’s mission is twofold:
• Provide a forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered employees at DOI to meet and address issues of concern.
• Provide a means to work with departmental and bureau rna nagement to advocate personnel policies and practices that encourage diversity, improve the workplace environment,and eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mailing List: Would you like to be kept up-to date on the latest happenings with DOI GLOBE? If so, sign up for our mailing list by contacting [email protected].
To learn about GLOBE activities, meetings,and events, and to access other LGBT resources, go to DOl-GLOBE’s website at (http://www.doiqlobe.org/). To learn more about sexual orientation, view LGBT Executive Orders, Presidential Memoranda, and Presidential Proclamations, and to learn about how to process a sexual orientation complaint, go to the Office of Civil Right’s web site at http://www.doi.gov/pmb/eeo/index.cfm.