Happy return to standard time. A few exciting events for the week ahead:
- Tuesday, November 3 @ 7pm at the Newseum, 555 Penn Ave in DC: India’s Third Gender: Transgender People in Hindu Society, a discussion with journalist Michael Edison Hayden and photographer Sami Siva, who travelled to Koovagam, one of the world’s largest transgender festivals, to profile some of India’s transgender women in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that acknowledges the existence of India’s third gender. Free and open to the public, but RSVP required. See more here.
- Thursday, November 5 @12pm in the DOJ Conference Center, RFK 7411: LGBT Employee Engagement at DOJ, an informal discussion with DOJ LGBT employees and the LGBT Special Emphasis Program Managers. For additional questions, please contact Cecily Johnson, JMD EEO Staff. To receive diversity credit, you must register via learnDOJ and sign in at the program it starts.
Plus a few exciting updates:
- The DOJ Pride Board sent a list of concerns to AAG for Administration Lee Lofthus regarding the recently-circulated Off-Duty Conduct Memo and Handbook. In short, the Board requested language be added to both to make clear that the prohibition against “criminal, infamous, dishonest, immoral, or notoriously disgraceful conduct” in 5 CFR 735.203 does not pertain to an employee being LGBT. As discussed in the recently-screened documentary Uniquely Nasty, that language has a sordid history of being used to punish and disqualify LGBT individuals from federal service. In addition, the Board requested that the prohibition against racist or sexist remarks or conduct be expanded to include homophobic or anti-LGBT remarks or conduct. We will let you know when we receive a substantive response.
- The OPM Office of Diversity and Inclusion released a new training resource, Introductory Training on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Inclusion in the Federal Government, available here under the “Training Resources” heading.
- The Office of the Associate Attorney General seeks an experienced DOJ attorney for a detail to serve as Assistant Director of the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative, which coordinates and expands the Department’s enforcement, outreach, and training efforts on behalf of servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Additional information available here.