Tracy Mustin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Environmental Management, welcomed keynote speaker Cuc Vu, Human Rights Campaign’s Chief Diversity Officer, and guest speaker Robby Gregg, the Associate Director of Diversity and Equality Partnerships at PFLAG National, at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month Program at the Forrestal Building June 21. | Photo by Hantz Leger.
On Thursday, the Energy Department celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month with a “Pride Links Us Together" program. The Department has worked to create a climate of acceptance and inclusion to supports the broad spectrums of diversity that helps promote our mission of ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
Today’s program featured Cuc Vu, the Human Rights Campaign’s Chief Diversity Officer, and Robby Gregg, the Associate Director of Diversity and Equality Partnerships at PFLAG National, Tracy Mustin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, Bill Valdez, Deputy Director of Economic Impact and Diversity and Michael P. Holtz, Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.
“We are at a tipping point in the fight for equality, but we didn’t get here by chance. We are at this point as the result of decades of hard work with support from allies. The LGBT inclusion efforts of the Energy Department and its employees will help lay the foundation for LGBT people to be treated as equal members of the workplace and in our society,” said Vu.
Through President Obama’s directives, the Department’s employees have been given greater choices when it comes to employment benefits by being able to include a domestic partner on insurance plans. Additionally, the benefit of being able to visit an LGBT partner in the hospital was extended to include all hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds, making it available in just about every hospital in America.
“PFLAG National applauds the Energy Department’s commitment to full inclusion. As the nation's first and leading ally-focused organization, we are proud to be working with the Department to provide diversity and inclusion training on LGBT issues in the workplace, and offer guidance on the role that straight allies play in creating effective and culturally-inclusive environments,” stated Gregg.
Today and every day the Department celebrates its commitment to being a positive role model of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion. Happy Pride!