Statement from Attorney General Barr on LGBT Pride Month – June 27, 2019

The DOJ Pride Board is pleased to relay this message from Attorney General Barr, dated June 27, 2019.



During the month of June, the Federal Government and communities across the United States acknowledge the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.  The Department of Justice is fortunate to have many talented and dedicated LGBT public servants who work hard on behalf of the American people.

While we recognize and celebrate these employees’ contributions to the Department and the Nation, it remains the fact that LGBT individuals are too often subjected to discrimination, harassment, and violence.  The Department has zero tolerance for violence that is motivated by hatred for our fellow citizens, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  We will vigorously prosecute such hate crimes.  As Attorney General, I have also reaffirmed the Department’s commitment to keeping our workplace free from discrimination and harassment, including against LGBT employees.  All employees deserve to be treated with respect and to be judged on merit alone.

As Pride month concludes, I want our LGBT colleagues to know that I value their dedication, integrity, and the contributions they make to the pursuit of justice.  Thank you for your service.

William P. Barr
Attorney General

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