Agency Officers Recognize LGBT Pride Month
June 26, 2013
The CIA’s Agency Network of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Officers and Allies (ANGLE) spearheaded a series of events in June to celebrate LGBT Pride Month. The recognition of Pride Month was one of many steps that ANGLE and other CIA employee resource groups have taken to foster a culture of inclusion within the Agency, which Director John O. Brennan has described to the CIA workforce as an imperative.
ANGLE heralded the start of Pride Month by unveiling a photography exhibit at CIA Headquarters showcasing LGBT officers, allied employees, and their families. The exhibit—titled “HEART: Sharing Our LGBT Families with Our Agency Family”—consists of 15 large-format photographs depicting the concept of family. Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the pictured Agency officer’s family along with a statement detailing his or her thoughts on family, diversity, and inclusion. The display also includes two “audience engagement” panels for fellow officers to share their thoughts on these subjects and their reflections on the exhibit.
ANGLE officers—along with colleagues from the Agency’s Center for Mission Diversity and Inclusion (CMDI) and the Recruitment Center—also participated in the Capital Pride Festival, held on June 9, 2013, on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington, DC. Agency representatives discussed career opportunities at CIA and the Agency’s mission with some of the Festival’s 250,000 attendees, in keeping with Director Brennan’s commitment to recruit an even more diverse workforce. As he told CIA officers earlier this year, “Our people are what make this Agency great. I call on every one of you to help foster a culture of inclusion, one in which we all benefit from the skills, experiences, and viewpoints of an ever more diverse workforce.”
As a CIA employee resource group, ANGLE assists the Agency’s LGBT workforce and educates officers about workplace issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Established in 1996, ANGLE also advises senior CIA officials on human resources and other matters related to LGBT officers and their families. CMDI works closely with ANGLE and other employee resource groups to foster a diverse work environment.
The CIA is an equal opportunity employer and has a strict zero tolerance policy for harassment and discrimination. To learn more about the CIA’s commitment to diversity and zero tolerance for discrimination, visit the “Equal Employment Opportunity” web page on www.cia.gov.