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To recognize the accomplishments of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Department of Energy employees and highlight the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce, DOE celebrated LGBT Pride Month with a program in the Forrestal auditorium on June 16. The theme of the program was "Stronger Together - Uniting the LGBT Community and Its Allies For A Stronger Workforce."
The program began with the presentation of colors by a Washington, D.C., based Joint Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by Matthew Swanson from the DOE Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer. In addition to comments from DOE GLOBE President Russell Ames, DOE GLOBE Vice President Tré Easton, and Director of the DOE Office of Economic Impact and Diversity Dot Harris, the program included remarks from Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall:
The Pride Month Celebration also included a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Kristina Johnson, former Under Secretary of Energy, the highest ranking out LGBT DOE official in history:
In addition to this program, President Obama issued his annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month proclamation.