LGBT Program

fs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Special Emphasis Program

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Program promotes the employment; advancement and retention of persons with differing gender identity and gender expression in the USDA Forest Service. The LGBT Speical Emphasis Program's initial goal is to increase awareness among FS employees about the LGBT program.   Forest Service’s goal is to implement an inclusive environment in which all employees are respected and valued, resulting in a more enriching work experience.  The LGBT Program serves as a resource to assist managers in identifying and resolving employment, retention, and work environment issues effecting LGBT employees in the Agency and USDA.

DR 4230-002 Special Emphasis Programs - June 4, 2009

Forest Service LBGT Special Emphasis Program Managers




FY 2011 Pride Month

Presidential Proclamation

LGBT Pride Month Announcement






Effective LGBT Special Emphasis Program Managers

LGBT Special Emphasis Program at USDA

Including Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Diversity

Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace (Developed by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation)



Safety Zone Training

Articles/Links of Interest

Union Hails Forest Service's benefits for domestic partnerships (WA Post Oct 27, 2010)

Gay people count, so why not count them correctly? (WA Post April 10, 2011)

The Last Word Pride vs. Prejudice (Workforce Management March 2011)

Federal GLOBE


For more information, contact Patricia Jackman,

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Special Emphasis Program Manager at (202) 205-0989 or via email

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