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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Program

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Program promotes the employment; advancement and retention of persons with differing sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in the Department of Commerce. The LGBT Program serves as a resource to assist managers in identifying and resolving employment, retention, and work environment issues affecting LGBT employees at the DOC.

Program Manager: Cristina Bartolomei

LGBTQ Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBT History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. National Coming Out Day (October 11), as well as the first “March on Washington” in 1979, are commemorated in the LGBTQ community during LGBT History Month.


July 2019

Join Our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group! 

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The Office of Civil Rights is proud to announce the founding of  "HCHB Pride" an employee resource group for Commerce employee's in the Herbert C. Hoover Building. Commerce employees and contractors are all welcome to join. For information and meeting times, email cbartolomei@doc.gov


June 2017

Commerce Blog: Commerce Recognizes LGBT Pride Month

On Monday, June 19, 2017, the Department of Commerce's Office of Civil Rights, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognized the 2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month – a month-long observance of the LGBT community and the community’s impact on our Nation’s history. The event was well attended with over 150 employees from the partnership agencies.

Keynote speaker Sarah McBride, the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, shared her story about coming out as transgender and the struggles and triumphs she experienced since. Her heartfelt speech opened minds and shed light on the journey towards LGBT equality. She said:

Generations from now […] a young gay kid, or a young trans kid will grow up and learn about the struggle for justice and equality in their textbooks and never have to know what this progress felt for those of us who are LGBTQ, because they will never know anything different. And that will be because of LGBTQ people everywhere who persevered, who marched, and fought. It’ll be because of our allies who stood up and spoke out. […] I want to thank each and every one of you for all the work you have done in your respective offices, divisions, departments, to make sure that you are upholding the duty of supporting and embracing every American citizen – protecting their rights, protecting their dignity, protecting their lives.


Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment 

Department of Commerce: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Complaint Process

EEOC's Fact Sheet: Recent EEOC Litigation Regarding Title VII & LGBT-Related Discrimination

What You Should Know About EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers

Examples of Court Decisions Supporting Coverage of LGBT-Related Discrimination Under Title VII