The Washington Post, in conjunction with the relase of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings, takes stock of LGBT federal employee progress from benefits to challenges in being out in the workplace in today’s article. Two DOJ Pride Board members, President Marc Salans and Melissa Schraibman are quoted within the story.
On October 27, 2011, the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York staff celebrated LGBT History Month. Renowned author and social activist Perry Brass presented a version of LGBT history that mixed his life story with general societal progress on LGBT issues. In 1969, Mr. Brass co-edited Come Out, the first gay liberation newspaper in the world. LGBT Program Manager Paula St. John and LGBT Alternate Program Manager William J. Ryan, Ph.D. moderated the program, which concluded with a question and answer period.
Join DOJ Pride in a screening of the Clint Eastwood biographical film, “J. Edgar” on Wednesday, November 16th. Location and details forthcoming.
A summary from Wikipedia notes that, “J. Edgar is a 2011 biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwoodfrom a script by Dustin Lance Black. The film focus on the career of FBI director J. Edgar Hooverfrom the Palmer Raids onwards, including an examination of his private life as an alleged closeted homosexual.”
We hope you can join us!
Tomorrow, November 3rd, there will be a “Lying-in-State for Dr. Franklin E. Kameny,” a five-hour viewing of the gay-rights pioneer who died Oct. 11 at the age of 86. The viewing will take place in the first-floor atrium of the Carnegie Library, located between 7th and 9th Streets NW at Mount Vernon Square, from 3 to 8 p.m.
The viewing is open to the public.
Come learn what benefits are currently available to same-sex spouses/partners of federal employees, why certain benefits have not been extended, and the status of legislative efforts to obtain equal benefits for all federal employees.
Same-sex domestic partner benefits brownbag
Speaker: Rob Shriver, Senior Policy Counsel, Office of Personnel Management
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time: 12 noon (EST)
Location: Andretta Room, RFK Main Building
DOJ Pride and the Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Staff are co-sponsoring a brownbag lunch on same-sex domestic partner benefits with Robert Shriver, Senior Policy Counsel, Office of Personnel Management, on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in the Andretta Room. Although many benefits available to opposite-sex spouses of federal employees are also available to same-sex spouses or domestic partners of LGBT federal employees, some important benefits – like health insurance and survivor annuity – are not. Come learn what benefits are currently available to same-sex spouses/partners of federal employees, why certain benefits have not been extended to same-sex spouse/partners, and the status of legislative efforts to obtain equal benefits for all federal employees. Everyone (including Human Resources representatives) welcome!