Pride at State: Secretary Kerry Speaks on LGBT Policy and Personnel Issues

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 17, 2013

Secretary Kerry will make remarks at the Department of State’s Pride at State event at 1:30 p.m. on June 19, 2013. This will be the Secretary’s first speech on LGBT policy and personnel issues. Following his remarks, he will answer questions submitted by State Department employees currently assigned overseas.

The Secretary will be joined by Congressman John Lewis and transgender activist Mara Keisling, who will also speak.

Judy and Dennis Shepard of the Matthew Shepard Foundation will be guests of honor at the event. Director General Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzra Zeya will also attend.

The event is organized by Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), the officially recognized employee resource group representing LGBT employees of the Department of State, USAID, and the other foreign affairs agencies.

The event will be open to the press.

Pre set for video cameras: 12:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 1:00 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Aaron Jensen at or (202) 647-0516.

PRN: 2013/0752