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Idaho Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Special Emphasis Program

  NRCS is a Welcoming Workplace

Observance Month: June - Celebrate Diversity!

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Special Emphasis Program is to provide 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 (GM Title 230 Part 403 Subpart H)  The LGBT Program at USDA was created in 2009, when Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued Departmental Regulation 4230-002.

Objectives of the LGBT Program

  1. Ensure that gay, lesbian, 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.

LGBT Diversity Factors


  1. Idaho Pride 2015  (PDF; 1.04 MB)

  2. Creating a Welcoming Workplace in Idaho  (PDF; 2.53 MB)

  3. Gender Terms  (PDF; 112 KB)

  4. Questions to Consider when Evaluating Potential Employers  (PDF; 1.43 MB)

  5. NRCS Who We Are  (PDF; 317 KB)

  6. Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination  (PDF; 286 KB)

  7. Your Rights as a Federal Employee  (PDF; 71 KB)

  8. The Williams Institute - Idaho Law Report  (PDF; 93 KB)

  9. How To Be an Ally  (PDF; 186 KB)

  10. An Ally's Guide to Issues Facing LGBT Americans  (PDF; 3.59 MB)

  11. 10 Things You Can Do to Be a Straight Ally  (PDF; 361 KB)

  12. Coming Out AS a Straight Ally Supporter  (PDF; 1 MB)

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Idaho Program Contact

Lara Fondow, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Emphasis Program Manager, (208) 527-8557, ext. 111