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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Emphasis Program

LGBT RibbonIn April 1993, USDA’s EEO and Civil Rights Policy Statement was amended to prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  In June 2009, Secretary Tom Vilsack signed Departmental Regulation 4230-002, creating a special emphasis program for LGBT employees.

The LGBT Emphasis Program is an integral part of the overall equal employment opportunity (EEO) program and is designed to:

  • Ensure that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment
  • Increase the number of LGBT people employed in all professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and other categories, series, and grade levels
  • Provide LGBT opportunities to participate in training, career development, and leadership programs
  • Encourage the participation of LGBT populations in all USDA-wide sponsored programs and activities
  • Educate all USDA employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns

June is Pride month!

The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world. Brenda Howard is known as the "Mother of Pride", for her work in coordinating the first LGBT Pride march, and she also originated the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June. 

LGBT pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world. 

October is LGBT History Month 

National Coming-Out Day – October 11

Contact:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Emphasis Program Manager
601-965-5205 ext. 2162