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20 Years of Pride

CIA celebrated June’s National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, recognizing the progress that the federal government and the Agency have made toward creating a workplace that is more inclusive to LGBT officers.

The LGBT pride movement grew out of the Stonewall Uprising in June 1969, when a courageous group of citizens at the Stonewall Inn resisted harassment and mistreatment. 

“Since Stonewall, our Nation has made enormous strides on the road to equality for the LGBT community,” Director John Brennan said. “We should all be grateful to those whose courage and hard work have made that progress possible.” 

At CIA, he added, the efforts of LGBT officers on this issue have benefited the entire organization. “By advancing the principles of equality and inclusion, they have helped promote fair treatment for everyone,” he said. “For that, they can be truly proud.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CIA’s LGBT employee group, ANGLE. The theme for this celebration was: “20 Years: A Reflection on Where We Have Been, Celebration of What We Have Achieved, and Looking Forward to What is Yet to Come." 

ANGLE is one of the longest-standing employee resource groups in the US Intelligence Community. Founded in 1996, ANGLE has spent two decades working with CIA policymakers on matters pertaining to the CIA’s LGBT employees and their families. By working with Agency leaders and allies, the CIA has made great strides in creating a more inclusive work environment for all officers, including its LGBT employees. While there have been successes in changing the CIA culture, like in all organizations we still have work to do.

To learn more about ANGLE, watch our new documentary: ANGLE of Ascent.

This documentary focuses on the cultural shift that occurred within the Agency since the signing of Executive Order 12968, which gave LGBT officers the right to obtain a security clearance and serve openly in the Federal Government.

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Here’s how we celebrated 20 years of Pride at CIA:

  • ANGLE Exhibit featuring a timeline of major LGBT milestones both inside and outside the CIA interwoven with personal stories of LGBT employees. [PDF 1.62MB*]
  • Participation in the Annual IC Pride Summit, this year at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
  • CIA was a sponsor and hosted a recruitment booth for the Capital Pride Festival in Washington, D.C.
  • Hosted the Out & Equal Reception. Out & Equal is the world’s premiere nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving LGBT workplace equality.
  • CIA was a sponsor and hosted a recruitment booth for the Hampton Roads Pride Festival in Norfolk, VA.
  • Premiered the documentary “ANGLE of Ascent,” made in house showcasing the leadership that was needed to change the internal culture of the CIA into a more diverse and inclusive one.

For more information on ANGLE, CIA inclusion efforts, and CIA Pride, see:

Posted: Jul 07, 2016 02:04 PM
Last Updated: Dec 22, 2016 05:36 PM