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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Special Emphasis Program

LGBT Emphasis Program Manager: Jean Sandstrom, Civil Engineer, Des Moines, 515-323-2241

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Program Manager is responsible for:

  • Providing education on LGBT topics to NRCS employees and partners to promote better understanding and create an inclusive and welcoming work environment for all employees.
  • Outreach to the LGBT community to raise awareness of NRCS as an equal opportunity employer and to provide information on career opportunities in the agency.
  • Promoting awareness within the LGBT community of NRCS programs, services and activities.

Sexual Orientation in the Workplace

Over the years there have been many changes in laws and regulations governing LGBT civil rights. Recent rulings by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have extended Title VII employment protections (of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) to the LGBT community. Under current Title VII case law principles, employment discrimination and workplace harassment based on gender identity, transgender status and sexual orientation are now considered discrimination based on sex.

Iowa NRCS is committed to being a welcoming workplace for all employees, and an equal opportunity service provider to all of our customers, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

For more information on this topic, please visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/enforcement_protections_lgbt_workers.cfm or the U.S. Office of Personnel Management:

Addressing sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/diversity-and-inclusion/reference-materials/addressing-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-discrimination-in-federal-civilian-employment.pdf;

Guidance on the employment of transgender individuals in the federal workplace: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/diversity-and-inclusion/reference-materials/gender-identity-guidance/.

LGBT Pride

Pride month is celebrated each year in June, with activities and festivals in many cities across the state of Iowa, including Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. June was selected for these celebrations in remembrance of the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, considered by many as the beginning of the LGBT civil rights movement.