Introduction of Senate Resolution Honoring GLASS

Statement on the Introduction of Senate Resolution Honoring the 10th Anniversary of the GLASS Caucus

For Immediate Release

July 17, 2014

Contact: Laura Erickson Hatalsky, laura@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON, DC – The Steering Committee of the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus released the following statement on Senator Tammy Baldwin’s introduction of a Senate resolution congratulating the GLASS Caucus on its 10 year anniversary.

“We express our sincerest thanks to Senator Tammy Baldwin and her staff for all of their tireless work on behalf of the LGBT community, and this special recognition of the GLASS Caucus.  We applaud Senators, Bennet, Boxer, Brown, Durbin, Heinrich, Hirono, Levin, Markey, Mikulski, Murray, Sanders, Shaheen, Mark Udall, Tom Udall, and Warren for joining this effort as cosponsors, and thank them for being proud allies of the Caucus and LGBT Senate staff.  Leadership like this sends a message to the Senate community of inclusion, and makes this a better place for LGBT workers to call home.

“We look forward to continuing to work with these offices and others to promote the wellbeing and dignity of LGBT Senate employees, and recognizing the hard work of GLASS members past and present that have paved the way for 10 years of success.”

 

Glass Caucus Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Glass Caucus Celebrates 10th Anniversary

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2014

Contact: Laura Erickson Hatalsky, laura@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus proudly marked the 10th Anniversary of its official formation. The GLASS Caucus is a nonpartisan organization open to all whose purpose is to raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT community, increase visibility and promote the welfare and dignity of LGBT employees of the United States Senate by providing a safe environment for social interaction and professional development. The current Steering Committee of the Caucus released the following statement to mark this occasion:

“It was a very different world, and a very different Senate, 10 years ago when eight Senate staffers formed the first staff association for LGBT Senate employees. We are greatly indebted to Lynden Armstrong, Brett Bearce, Jeffrey Levensaler, Josh Brekenfeld, Jason Knapp, John Fossum, Kelsey Phipps, and Mat Young for their leadership in forming an organization that has made the Senate a more welcoming environment for all staffers, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“The late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) will always remain close to our hearts for the support he lent GLASS when the caucus was just in its infancy. From the Senate floor one decade ago, Senator Lautenberg called on us to ‘build a community here in the Senate and across the nation of mutual respect, tolerance, and freedom.’ We hope to repay the graciousness shown by Senator Lautenberg by faithfully continuing our work towards making the Senate a more inclusive community.

“We look forward to a productive year working within the Senate to raise awareness about issues confronting the LGBT community, and celebrating our first decade as often as possible.”

2014 Steering Committee Election Results

The election to fill the seven seats of the GLASS Steering Committee for the 2014-2015 term has concluded. The following candidates received the most votes and will begin their one-year term on March 1, 2014:

  • Madeline Bermes
  • Brian Conlan
  • Laura Erickson Hatalsky
  • Adam Henderson
  • Julian Miller
  • Andrew Ott
  • Michael Thorning

Per the organization’s bylaws, GLASS members who paid their 2014 dues by February 8th and are current Senate employees received a ballot. Of those, 65% voted in the election. Last year, voter turnout was 67%. In 2012, turnout was 82%.

Thanks to all candidates for stepping forward and offering your talents, skills, and commitment to GLASS for the year ahead. Special thanks to Kyle Chapman for serving as election witness. A transition meeting was held on Tuesday, February 25 to choose leadership positions among the elected members and to set the 2014 meeting schedule.

Members of the Steering Committee carry out the mission of the organization and respond to current issues affecting LGBT staff. They also plan educational, social and networking events throughout the year, from running the GLASS mentorship program to sponsoring happy hours and legislative briefings. For more information about the Steering Committee, please visit https://glasscaucus.org/steeringcommitee/.

Thanks to all members that took the time to learn about the candidates, paid 2014 dues, and voted in this election. Your time, energy, and support are what make GLASS not only possible, but worthwhile.

Candidates: 2014 GLASS Steering Committee Election

The following seven (7) candidates declared their candidacy to serve on the Steering Committee for the 2014-2015 term.

Madeline Bermes
Office: Senator Jon Tester

I am very interested in becoming a member of the Steering Committee for the Senate GLASS Caucus. I admire the organization’s commitment to raise awareness of the different issues for the LGBT community as well as provide a safe environment for friendship, professional development and social interaction for US Senate employees. I have some great ideas for the next year including a Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event. In addition, as a straight female, I understand the importance of reaching out to other communities in order to increase and diversify participation in the group. Should I become a member of the Steering Committee, I would like to actively work on women’s outreach and women’s issues. In all, I’m happy to have the opportunity to be a member of such an esteemed organization and would be honored to be a member of the Steering Committee.

Brian Conlan
Office: Senator Tammy Baldwin

This is my first time running for the GLASS Steering Committee. Working with two Steering Committee members over the past year (Michael and Jeffrey) has given me insight into all the great work the organization does from mentoring to awareness to outreach. I have worked for Senator Baldwin since 2010 and in that time have gotten to know a good deal of the LGBT Capitol Hill community. As an ally, I feel that I could bring a unique perspective to a community that I have relied on for advice and support (in addition to inspiration and fun). I look forward to being active in the mentorship program and working to expand and improve similar career-oriented activities like the resume workshops and senior staff panels.

Laura Erickson Hatalsky
Office: Democratic Policy and Communications Committee

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to be a better Senate gay. Some may be dedicated to fitness, striving to lose a few extra pounds, or dropping a dress size… but not me. I’ve worked here long enough that its past time I gay-it-up, contribute to our community, and get to know all of you. If I am lucky enough to serve on the Steering Committee, I’d hope to bring more women into the GLASS community. You might think it’ll be easy because all lesbians know each other, but I expect this to be quite the uphill challenge since “my people” are known for sitting at home with their girlfriends, talking incessantly about their cats, and wistfully remembering episodes of The L Word from days gone by. Surely, this is the time that all of my younger years at Phase One, attending Indigo Girls’ concerts, and DC-lesbian-socializing will finally come in handy. Truthfully, I sincerely hope that more women will find their way to GLASS happy hours, but mostly, I’d hope to grow our LGBTQ Senate community just by having events that you would enjoy.

Congratulations to the GLASS Caucus (and the Steering Committee) on all your growth over the past few years, which I hope we can continue to build on. It’s made the Senate a better place for all of us gays. And many thanks to you for reading my little paragraph and giving my words some thought.

Adam Henderson
Office: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

I’ve been a Senate employee for a little over 4 years. Throughout my tenure I’ve attended several GLASS events and have benefited from them immensely. It’s time I contributed back. My goal is to further the objectives of the Caucus by strengthening its membership and members. Eager to contribute new ideas and support for the educational, professional, and social development of the GLASS family. The Caucus has been good to me and now it’s time to return the favor.

Julian Miller
Office: Senator Dick Durbin

I’d like to join the GLASS Steering Committee because GLASS was very helpful in my transition into working on the Hill. As I have only been working in the Senate for less than a year, I would like to have the opportunity to become more involved, and know that the Glass Steering Committee would be a great way to do that.

Andrew Ott
Office: Senate Chief Counsel for Employment

I would be honored to contribute my time and efforts as a member of the GLASS Steering Committee for the 2014 term. I have worked for the Secretary of the Senate since December 2011 and it has been a privilege to begin my career in public service during such an exciting time for the LGBT movement. I am a newcomer to GLASS and look forward to serving in whatever capacity I can to further the four pillars in our mission statement and make the Senate a more welcoming place to work. I am confident that my energy and enthusiasm will be a great asset to the Steering Committee as we work to advance equality and foster a greater sense of community amongst the diverse people that work here. I am especially interested in increasing membership in Senate offices that GLASS has not traditionally drawn from and reaching out to partner with other staff associations and LGBT organizations. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to meeting you.

Michael Thorning
Office: Senator Tom Udall

I’m running to serve on the GLASS board because I want to help the organization fulfill its potential to enrich our professional experiences, deepen our connections and networks, and provide resources and support for all members. During the last year, I helped GLASS organize community service projects, and in the next year, I would seek out more experiences for members that go beyond your normal happy-hour. In the year ahead, I would work toward hosting social events with an expanded network of D.C. professionals, providing resources to help members take the next steps in their careers, and offering briefings on a wider variety of LGBT related issues. Finally, I’d like to help GLASS engage more of its members so we can fulfill our responsibility to raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT community.

For complete information the 2014 Glass Steering Committee Election, visit https://glasscaucus.org/2014election/

GLASS Celebrates Marriage Rulings

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2013
Contact: Malaika “Mac” Robinson, GLASS Press Secretary
mac@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON, DC – The Steering Committee of the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Windsor v. United States:

“As an organization created to promote the welfare and dignity of LGBT employees in the U.S. Senate, the GLASS Caucus joins in the chorus of our community to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.  While we do not take specific policy positions, we believe that full equality for the LGBT community should supersede politics.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court will allow legally married LGBT Senate staff to receive the same health, retirement, and survivor benefits offered to their heterosexual colleagues.  We are pleased that LGBT Senate staff will at last be afforded these important rights and look forward to the day when LGBT Senate employees are treated fully equal under the law.”

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2013 Steering Committee Election Results

The election to fill the seven seats of the GLASS Steering Committee for the 2013-2014 term has concluded. The following candidates received the most votes and will begin their one-year term on March 1, 2013:

  • John Assini
  • Michael DiNapoli
  • Jackson Droney
  • Joaquin Esquivel
  • Jeffrey Levensaler
  • Malaika “Mac” I. Robinson
  • Josh Yearsley

Per the organization’s bylaws, GLASS members who paid their 2013 dues by February 9th and are current Senate employees received a ballot. Of those, 67% voted in the election.

Thanks to all candidates for stepping forward and offering your talents, skills, and commitment to GLASS for the year ahead. A transition meeting will be held in late February to choose leadership positions among the elected members.

Members of the Steering Committee carry out the mission of the organization and respond to current issues affecting LGBT staff. They also plan educational, social and networking events throughout the year, from lunch and learn discussions to happy hours and legislative briefings. For more information about the Steering Committee members, please visit https://glasscaucus.org/steeringcommitee/

Thanks to all members for paying dues and participating in this election. Your time, energy, and support are what make GLASS not only possible, but worthwhile.

2013 GLASS Steering Committee Election

The 2013 GLASS Steering Committee election runs from February 13 through February 19, 2013.  Per GLASS bylaws and standing orders, all GLASS members who are Senate employees and who have paid their dues by Saturday, February 9, 2013 will be eligible to vote for the seven (7) open positions on the GLASS Steering Committee. Members will receive an electronic ballot via the email address they used to pay membership dues. Results will be announced on February 20, 2013. For questions, please email info@glasscaucus.org

For more information on the seven (7) candidates who have declared their candidacy to serve on the Steering Committee, please click here.

Timeline

February 13:  Balloting begins. All members who paid their 2013 dues by the deadline will receive an e-mail that provides them a link to the online ballot.

February 19:  Balloting ends at midnight.

February 20:  Secretary and Election Witness tally ballots and report results to the GLASS membership.

Late February: Transition meeting for new and outgoing Steering Committee members.

First Week of March: 2013 GLASS Steering Committee meets.

Questions? Please email info@glasscaucus.org

2013 GLASS Steering Committee Election

The annual election for the seven positions on the GLASS Steering Committee will be held online between February 13th and 19, 2013. The GLASS Steering Committee carries out the mission of the organization, sponsors events throughout the year and serves as a resource to LGBT Senate staff. If you are a current Senate employee and interested in running or learning more feel free to reach out to GLASS Secretary Michael DiNapoli at michael@glasscaucus.org. Further details regarding the election will be forthcoming shortly.

For more information about the GLASS Steering Committee, please click here.

Help Us Fill the GLASS!

It’s that time of year again to renew your GLASS membership.  Normally dues are $20 each year, but will be half price ($10) from now until February 19, 2013.  Dues help the organization carry out its mission, and help us pay for costs associated with our communications, Pride events, and member activities.  If you are a current Senate employee and renew your dues or join as a dues-paying member by that day, you’ll be eligible to vote in the upcoming GLASS Steering Committee election. To learn more, please visit our 2013 Membership Drive page.

Click here to pay your 2013 dues.