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

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

Jan Monk, (509) 323-2913
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Emphasis Program Manager

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My name is Jan Monk and I am the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Program Manager for the state of Washington. I have been interested in the work of the Civil Rights Advisory Committee and am privileged and excited to be a part of this team.

My role is to advocate for a safe environment for LGBT employees and customers, and to provide information and education regarding the LGBT community to NRCS employees. These are exciting times for the USDA and for the NRCS as we begin to transition to an agency that is inclusive of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual identity or orientation.

I am looking forward to making our agency safe and welcoming place for all employees!

Program Goals:

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender 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 NRCS.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Special Emphasis Program is designed to:

  •  Ensure that gays, lesbians, bisexuals, 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 opportunities to participate in training, career development, and leadership programs.
  • Encourage the participation of LGBT populations in all NRCS-sponsored programs and activities.
  • Provide a network of professional support for LGBT.
  • Provide mentoring support to LGBT in the workforce.
  • Educate all NRCS employees by raising the level of awareness of LGBT workplace issues and concerns.

 LGBT Celebrated Month

The LGBT community has two months of celebration and various other days that are important to the community as well.

June is Pride month and a time for community members and ally’s to show support for the entire community and celebrate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City. That event is considered to be the birth of the modern LGBT rights struggle.

The second month is October. This is a remembrance and celebration of the history of those in the LGBT community.