New 2013-2014 Board is Announced!

Following a meeting of the Board the new officers and 2013-2014 Board are:

DOJ Pride Officers 2013-2014

President: John Elias
Antitrust Division

Vice President: Melissa Schraibman
Tax Division

Treasurer: Chrys Kefalas
Civil Division

Secretary: Barbara Schwabauer
Civil Rights Division

Other Board Members:

Deirdre Emmes
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Wendi Hammond
Bureau of Prisons

Chris Hook
Justice Management Division

Marc Salans
Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

Joe Vardner
Antitrust Division

Congratulations to everyone!

Edie & Thea: The Story Behind the Windsor Case, Wednesday, February 6th

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The Civil Rights Division and DOJ Pride will cosponsor a screening of the documentary film “Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement,” followed by a conversation with Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2013, in the DOJ Conference Center (Room 7411, RFK Main Justice Building).

“Edie & Thea” is the story of Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, two New York women, whose 42-year relationship spanned the history of the American gay rights movement. When Edie first met Thea in the early 60’s, a lesbian relationship might risk family connections, safety, friendships, employment, and housing. Nearly half a century later, Edie and Thea were legally married in Canada. After Thea’s death in 2009 from complications of multiple sclerosis, Edie was forced to pay estate taxes on Thea’s estate because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits the United States government from recognizing their marriage. Edie filed suit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA; her case is to be argued before the Supreme Court in March 2013.

Following the film, Mr. Wolfson, a civil rights lawyer and leading architect of the national freedom to marry movement, will answer questions about the history, current state, and future of the freedom to marry movement in the United States. All employees are welcome.

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Announcing the newly formed FBI Pride!

Join us in congratulating the formation of FBI Pride, the new FBI-specific chapter of DOJ Pride.  Membership is open to all current and former employees, contractors, and task force officers.

The first meeting of the newly formed chapter will take place on Thursday, December 13th at 12:00 PM at FBI Headquarters, room #3842.  If you have any questions, contact Ashley Evans at Ashley.Evans@ic.fbi.gov

Communities in Common Brown Bag Series: Two Spirits Screening on Thursday

Two Spirits:  A Film and Discussion About Gender Diversity in Native American Cultures and the Tragic Murder of a Navajo Boy Who Was Also a Girl

The Office of Tribal Justice, the DOJ Indian Trial Lawyers Association, DOJ Pride, the Community Relations Service, and the JMD Equal Employment Opportunity Staff will co-sponsor a screening of the film “Two Spirits,” followed by a conversation with Cathy Renna, former Media Director for Gays and Lesbians Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2012, in the DOJ Conference Center.

“Two Spirits” interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world was not simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.  Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture.  But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Mr. Martinez became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Ms. Renna, who is featured in the film, was invited by local activists to help deal with the aftermath of Mr. Martinez’s death on a small town in the Four Corners region of Colorado.  We hope you can join!

New Board of Directors Announced!

DOJ Pride today announced the winners of the recent elections that determined the 2012-2013 Board of Directors, Officers, and President for the coming year. The winners are as follows:

President: Marc Salans, OARM

Vice President: Trevor Krehely Blake, CRT

Secretary: John Elias, ATR

Treasurer: Chris Hook, JMD

Board Members

Deirdre Emmes, FBI

Chrys Kefalas, CIV

Judith Levy, USA-MIE

Bijal Shah, EOIR

Melissa Schraibman, TAX

Congratulations to all the new board members!

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