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

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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

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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]


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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.


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

NIH LGBT Pride Month 2012 Program


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].


OPM 2012 LGBT Pride Month Events


OPM 2012 Pride Month Events

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.



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Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt


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.

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