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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Emphasis Program

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Program Manager is responsible for providing GLBT awareness and education to NRCS employees and partners while focusing on such issues as employment, retention, promotion, training, career development and advancement opportunities affecting GLBT applicants and employees at NRCS.

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

  1. Ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
  2. Increase the number of GLBT people employed in all professional, administrative, technical, clerical, and other categories, series and grade levels.
  3. Provide opportunities to participate in training, career development and leadership programs.
  4. Encourage the participation of GLBT populations in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
  5. Provide a network of professional support for GLBT.
  6. Provide mentoring support to GLBT in the workforce.
  7. Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of GLBT workplace issues and concerns.


The GLBT Special Emphasis Program Manager works toward the commitment that diversity, including GLBT diversity, will be celebrated, recognized and be part of the NRCS experience.

The program seeks to:

  • Make people comfortable with diversity
  • Identify barriers or biases regarding diversity
  • Seeks to challenge old belief systems
  • Provide knowledge, wisdom and understanding regarding diversity
  • Resolve and prevent conflicts
Poster of parts of life

In 2010 Mr. Bill Scaggs of the USDA developed an informative presentation on why we have a GLBT SEPM. Please take a look.

The following document requires Adobe Acrobat.

Including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Diversity (PDF, 206KB)

Federal Legislation affecting GLBT - Do you want more info?

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) provides a quick view of federal legislation that affects GLBT. You can find this information at the following link:




4/4/11 Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) On Monday, April 4, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) launched the FLTCIP Open Season.

The program, which OPM director John Berry said in a release "gives enrollees security and peace of mind as they plan for the cost of long term care," is now open to same-sex domestic partners. This is the first "open season" period when same-sex partners have been eligible for the coverage.

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    Eligibility requirements for same-sex domestic partners of Federal and U.S. Postal Service employees and annuitants for coverage under the FLTCIP.

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4/1/11 Federal Travel Regulation

GSA Bulletin FTR 11-07
Relocation and Temporary Duty Assignment Allowances - Answers to questions from agency travel and relocation manager's questions concerning Interim Rule 75 FR 67629 which amended the Federal Travel Regulation definition of "immediate family" to include same-sex domestic partners and their dependents.
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3/3/11 Government Domestic Dispute
By Kellie Lunney

Discussion of expanding benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Includes a discussion of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and OPM's continuance of enforcement of DOMA.

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9/10/10 US OPM Memorandum for Chief Human Capitol Officers Family and parental leave

Extension of 24-Hour LWOP Family Support Policy to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees.

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8/31/10 US OPM Memorandum for Chief Human Capitol Officers Interpretation of "Son or Daughter" Under the Family and Medical Leave Act to extend benefits to children of same-sex domestic partners.

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6/3/10 US OPM Memorandum for Chief Human Capitol Officers Implementation of the President's Memorandum Regarding Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees.

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6/2/10 The President's June 2, 2010 Memo Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees.

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6/17/09 Presidential Memorandum

Federal Benefits and Non-Discrimination

  • Directs the Secretary of State and the Director of the Office of Personnel Director of the Office of Personnel Management to extend the benefits they have respectively identified to qualified same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees where doing so can be achieved and is consistent with Federal law.

  • Directs a review of benefits by all agencies and departments of benefits to same-sex domestic partners and recommend additional measures that can be taken additional measures that can be taken.
  • Directs OPM to issue guidance regarding compliance with civil service laws which make it unlawful to discriminate against Federal Employees on the basis of factors not related to job performance.

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June is GLBT Month – Celebrate Diversity!

President Barack Obama proclaims June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
View the Presidential Proclamation

Contact Information

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender
Special Emphasis Program Manager
Hathaway Jones
(717) 237-2210