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June is Pride Month

 
DANA DEROUCHEY
June is Pride Month
by DANA DEROUCHEY - Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 11:56 AM
 

June is Pride Month

In honor of this year’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Team AgLearn is providing information and resources below to encourage engagement with this important annual event.


The information below is a portion of content quoted from Secretary Tom Vilsack’s address to all USDA employees on May 31, 2022.

“At USDA we strive to build a workplace that welcomes and embraces all employees and encourages them to be their whole, authentic selves. We do this with a deep commitment to honoring our diverse experiences, perspectives, and contributions as we advance the goals of our nation.

USDA is committed to LGBTQI+ equality and fostering a workplace environment in which everyone is included, respected, and empowered to fulfill their potential.”


Background

Information about Pride Month External Link: “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as ‘Gay Pride Day,’ but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the ‘day’ soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”


Presidential Proclamation and Executive Actions


AgLearn Resources

From LinkedIn Learning (Courses)


From Skillsoft-Percipio


Additional Information and Resources


USDA Pride Month Events

  • Raising the Pride Flag at the Whitten Building
    On June 1st, from 8:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EST, put on your Pride gear or most colorful outfit, and plan to join Secretary Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Bronaugh to kick off LGBTQI+ Pride Month by raising the Pride Flag at the Whitten Building. Secretary Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Bronaugh will open activities with remarks highlighting actions USDA is taking to promote inclusion for LGBTQI+ employees to further our efforts toward Making USDA a Best Place to Work and improving fair access to our programs and services.
  • USDA Pride Observance
    On June 8th at 1 p.m., we will celebrate Pride month with our USDA Pride Observance hosted by OASCR, FPAC, NIFA, and Equality USDA. The program will feature a keynote and guest speakers, remarks from myself, and topics such as Hunger in the Trans Gender Community, featuring The Okra Project, The Williams Institute, and the Giver Network an ERG from the Forest Service. For information on USDA Pride Observance, watch OneUSDA intranet External Link and your Agency internal communications for participation details.
  • Freeheld Film Screening
    On June 16, 2022, there will be a LGBTQI+ film screening of "Freeheld." Freeheld is a 2015 American drama film directed by Peter Sollett and written by Ron Nyswaner. It is based on the 2007 documentary short film of the same name about police officer Laurel Hester's fight against the Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders to allow her pension benefits to be transferred to her domestic partner after being diagnosed with terminal cancer (Register for the Freeheld Film Screening via Swank Virtual Portal External Link).
  • LGBTQI+ Farmer’s Roundtable Discussion
    On June 21, 2022, at 1 p.m. EST, USDA in conjunction with Equality USDA, will host a LGBTQI+ Farmer’s roundtable discussion External Link. This virtual event will feature four LGBTQI+ farmers in conversation, speaking about their operation and experience, followed by a facilitated conversation amongst the panelists, with time for audience questions. Urban agriculture and its importance to LGBTQI+ communities will be explored. See the attached flyer with information on how to join.