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


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

The LGBT Emphasis program is an integral part of the overall Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program and is designed to do the following:

  1. Ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment.
  2. Increase the number of LGBT 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 LGBT populations in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
  5. Provide a network of professional support for LGBT.
  6. Provide mentoring support to LGBT in the workforce.
  7. Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns.


The LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager works toward the commitment that diversity, including LGBT 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 LGBT SEPM. Please take a look.

The following document requires Adobe Acrobat.

Including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Diversity (PDF, 336KB)

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Information for LGBT
Long term care insurance is a smart way to protect your income and assets and remain financially independent should you need long term care services at home, in a nursing home, or at another long term care facility. Read more... (PDF, 34KB)

Federal Legislation affecting LGBT - Do you want more info?

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




6/26/13 Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Supreme Court’s decision struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
6/26/13 OPM Memorandum Implementation of Supreme Court Ruling in DOMA Case On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional. There
are numerous benefits that are affected by the Supreme Court's decision, and it is impossible for
us to answer today every question that may arise regarding today's ruling. Nevertheless, I want
to assure you that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is committed to
implementing the Court's ruling promptly, and will work with the Department of Justice and
other agencies to review the various Federal benefits policies and procedures that will be affected
by the decision.
6/28/13 OPM Guidance on the Extension of Benefits to Married Gay and Lesbian Federal Employees, Annuitants. and Their Families On June 26. 2013 the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. As a result of this decision. the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will now be able to extend benefits to Federal employees and annuitants who have legally married a spouse of the same sex.
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 LGBT Month – Celebrate Diversity!

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


LGBT Posters


Contact Information

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Special Emphasis Program Manager
Janet Taylor
(717) 274-2597
, ext 102