U.S. Department of the Interior – 2014 Pride Month Event






June 18, 2014

10:00 AM to NOON



Welcome: Mary Pletcher

Department of the Interior

Deputy Assistant Secretary

Human Capital and Diversity


MC: John Szemraj

U. S. Geological Survey

Acting Chief, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity


Keynote Speaker: Matthew B. Murphy, Esq.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Director, Office of Equal Opportunity

President, FEDQ (A National LGBT+ ERG for Government Employees)

Panel Discussion: Sharon Wong

Office of Personnel Management

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Deputy Director, Coordination & Policy


Michael “Ike” Kelley

Office of Planning and Performance Management

Desk Officer for FWS, NPS, Wildland Fire, and Climate Change

Past Chair, DOI GLOBE


Matthew Murphy, Esq.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Director, Office of Equal Opportunity

President, FEDQ (A National LGBT+ ERG for Government Employees)

Rachel Muir

U.S. Geological Survey

Science Advisor


Q & A Session: John Szemraj



Closing Remarks: Sarah McBride

Center for American Progress

Special Assistant for LGBT




Invite: Join Secretary Sally Jewel and Director Jon Jarvis in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, June 10th for the LGBT Theme Study Panel Discussion


Dear Friend:

Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis invite you to a panel discussion with some of the nation’s most respected researchers and preservationists to explore ways to celebrate and interpret Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history within the larger fabric of American history.

Last week, Secretary Jewell announced a new theme study, as part of the National Park Service Heritage Initiative to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the agency. The theme study is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation.

The public is invited to take part in this discussion to learn more about the initiative and to share comments on its initial phases. If you are interested in submitting a question, please submit it via the RSVP link below.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

2:00 p.m. – Check-In

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m – Panel Discussion

U.S. Department of the Interior

Sidney Yates Auditorium

1849 C Street NW


We hope you are able to join us on Tuesday, June 10th and ask that you RSVP by clicking HERE by Monday, June 9th.

Thank you,

Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs

Office of the Secretary

U.S. Department of the Interior


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  Admission to the Visitor Education Center and all programs is free. 
If you would like to receive information about upcoming park events, visit 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. 

LGBT Pride Month 2013 – NPS Director – Jon Jarvis’ Blog


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.

Pride. Strength, Courage, and Diversity in the National Park Service in Alaska


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.

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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