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.

NOH8 On The Hill

The GLASS Steering Committee was proud to participate in the NOH8 on the Hill photo shoot last September. Special thanks to Jeff Parhley and Adam Bouska, the NOH8 Campaign Co-Founders, and to Tim Hysom in the office of Rep. Adam Schiff, for coordinating this event! Read more about this event at: http://www.noh8campaign.com/article/noh8onthehill2

If you participated in NOH8 on the Hill, consider spreading the word through the BE HEARD project at http://www.noh8campaign.com/be-heard Here’s more from the NOH8 Campaign:

Our BE HEARD section features statements and stories from various NOH8 participants about why they felt it was important to get involved with the NOH8 Campaign and what their own participation meant to them. The wide variety of submissions reflect the diverse range of supporters that have joined the NOH8 Campaign since its inception, each of them sharing their own personal experiences and revealing the story behind their own NOH8 Portraits.

If you’d like to submit your own contribution to the BE HEARD Project, please e-mail your story with a link to your photo(s) to info@noh8campaign.com.

GLASS Pioneer Featured in Roll Call

In case you missed it: Annie Walden-Newman, a pioneer for GLASS’s Mentorship Program and the first straight ally to serve on the GLASS Steering Committee, was recently featured in Roll Call’s “Hill Climbers.” While we’re sad to see Annie leave the Hill, we thank her for her service to GLASS and the Senate community, and we wish her the best of luck on her new endeavors!

Hill Climbers: Ex-Staffer Works for Women’s Rights
By Rebecca Baird-Remba
Roll Call Staff
Nov. 15, 2012, 5:59 p.m.

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

 

Whether she’s volunteering with victims of domestic abuse or working for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Annie Walden-Newman always wants to be fighting for women’s rights.

Now the policy director for the National Reproductive Health and Family Planning Association, Walden-Newman said she watched some of her friends growing up in Cheyenne, Wyo., make difficult decisions after getting pregnant at 16 or 17.

When she went off to college at Western Washington University, she discovered programs that offered family planning services and free contraception, services she said her hometown didn’t offer during her childhood.

Walden-Newman began volunteering at her local prosecutor’s office as a legal advocate for victims of domestic abuse during her junior year of college. Volunteering at her local Planned Parenthood sparked an interest in women’s health issues.

Between her junior and senior years of college, she got an internship with Murray, the “mom in tennis shoes” known for her legislative work on contraception, abortion rights and violence against women.

Although she had been planning on going to law school following graduation, Walden-Newman changed her mind and headed for Capitol Hill instead.

She and a friend packed their entire lives into a Penske truck and drove across the country to Washington, D.C., although they hadn’t lined up jobs or apartments. She took an internship on the House side while waiting for a slot to open up in Murray’s office, where she landed a staff assistant job in February 2010.

Walden-Newman worked her way up to legislative aide, working on Medicare, Medicaid, gay rights, abortion rights and women’s issues.

Murray’s chief of staff mentored her and helped guide her career, and she realized the important role mentors play for interns and new staffers on the Hill. When she served as the first heterosexual board member of the Gay, Lesbian, & Allies Senate Staff Caucus, she helped organize the group’s mentorship program.

“I’m always extremely willing to sit down with interns and anyone who’s looking for a job,” she said. “I firmly believe you can learn from people who have been in your shoes before. And I wanted the mentorship program to be a welcoming place for LGBT and allied staffers.”

Recently, she has spent her Friday nights volunteering with a group called Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, which tries to reduce HIV and AIDS, intravenous drug use, violence and poverty among the District’s sex workers. Walden-Newman hands out condoms and safe-sex supplies from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. with the HIPS mobile van unit, which also offers needle exchange and free HIV testing and counseling.

Walden-Newman started her job with the National Reproductive Health and Family Planning Association in early October and said she made the jump from staffer to lobbyist because she wanted to play a more active role in budget and appropriations for Title X programs.

Enacted in 1970, Title X of the Public Health Service Act funds contraceptive services, supplies and education for nearly 4,500 clinics across the country. She hopes eventually to earn a graduate degree in public health.

In her first month of work, Walden-Newman has already begun lobbying and informing members of Congress about appropriations for family planning programs.

“I really wanted to focus on these programs that are going to become targeted because of sequestration and remind members of Congress how important these programs are,” she said.

Although she doesn’t sleep much between her volunteer work and her day job, her role with HIPS constantly reinforces her belief in the need to fund programs that offer sexual education and free condoms.

“When it’s three in the morning and I’m out in the van, I see the connection,” she said. “I think if the funding weren’t there, the van wouldn’t go out and these services wouldn’t exist. And these people would not be helped.”

Send news of hires and promotions on Capitol Hill to climbers@rollcall.com.

Reprinted with permission from the author. Read the original story here:

http://www.rollcall.com/news/hill_climbers_ex_staffer_works_for_womens_rights-219228-1.html

Post-Election Panel Discussion

Post-Election Panel Discussion
The Next Chapter in LGBT Justice:
A Faith Perspective
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7pm
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Room HVC-215

Opening Remarks:
The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton

Moderator:
Rev. Cedric Harmon, Co-Director, Many Voices

Panelists:
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Presiding Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Rachel Laser, Deputy Director, Religious Action Center for Reformed Judaism
Sarah Dreier, International Affairs Director, Episcopal Church USA and ECLA
Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley, Co-Pastor, Covenant Baptist UCC Church
Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
Sharon Lettman Hicks, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition
David Stacy, Deputy Legislative Director, Human Rights Campaign
Joseph Ward, Director, Believe Out Loud

RSVP to progressivefaith@rabengroup.com

GLASS Statement on the November 2012 Elections

For Immediate Release
November 7, 2012
Contact: Jake McCook, GLASS Communications Director
(202)-681-4595, jake@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON – The Steering Committee of the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus released the following statement on the November 6, 2012 elections:

“On behalf the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus, we congratulate the new and returning Senators elected last night.

“We also extend a warm welcome to Rep. Tammy Baldwin as she prepares to become the first openly gay Senator in U.S. history. The Senate is often described as the world’s most exclusive body, and as LGBT staff we take pride in having a member of our community be a part of this body for the first time.

“While GLASS does not participate in political activity, today we celebrate the progress that has been made since our bipartisan organization was founded eight years ago to increase visibility and raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT community. As the 113th Congress approaches, we look forward to working with Senator-elect Baldwin, members from both sides of the aisle and their respective staffs to carry out our mission of providing a safe environment for LGBT employees of the United States Senate.”

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National Coming Out Day Photo

Congressional Staff Coming Out Day Photo
Wednesday, October 3rd, 12:00 PM
GLASS invites all out staff to participate.
We will gather at the bottom of the east steps of the U.S. Capitol (facing the Supreme Court).
Media has been advised of this event.

RSVP here.

To recognize National Coming Out Day, GLASS  is partnering with the LGBT Congressional Staff Association and the LoC GLOBE to take a photo of LGBT congressional and library staff who have come out.  Meet us at the bottom of the east steps of the U.S. Capitol on October 3rd at 12:00 PM to take part.

National Coming Out Day is a an international event that gives gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people the opportunity to “come out” to colleagues about their sexuality. It also provides a means of increasing the visibility of gay people on the Hill.  While it is celebrated on October 11th, we are taking the photo in advance so we can post it publicly before that day.

At a reception our organizations sponsored last month, Congressman Barney Frank reflected on his career in Congress and the difficulties gay staff faced in years past.  He reminded us of the progress our community has made in creating a more inclusive work environment on the Hill.  Organizations like ours have played an important role over the years in fostering that welcoming atmosphere.

Progress towards acceptance in the workplace has been made possible through daily individual interactions between out and straight staff.  Our straight colleagues have learned through such interactions that we are just as smart, hard working, and competent as anyone else.

This progress took a lot of courage on the part of the few out staffers in years past.  However, their decision to live their lives openly in the workplace allowed other closeted staff to find the strength to follow.  National Coming Out Day is an opportunity for us to pay that courage forward and provide a supportive space for closeted staff to come out.

By coming out and being out we are changing Capitol Hill.  We still have many steps in our journey towards full equality.  Join us next Wednesday to continue climbing those steps together.

Sincerely,

Jackson Droney and Jeffrey Levensaler, Co-Chairs, GLASS
John Blair, President, LGBT Congressional Staff Association
Brock Thompson, President, LoC GLOBE

 

United Night Out: One Game, One Community, United.

D.C. United has been a strong supporter of the LGBT community. In 2011, they were the first local team and first non-baseball professional club to film an “It Gets Better” video (see below) and this year they are supporting the You Can Play Project:

Join GLASS + the LGBT CSA for the 3rd Annual DC United Night Out Major League Soccer game.

Saturday, September 15
RFK Memorial Stadium

4:30 PM Tailgating Party (Lot 8)
6:30 PM Stadium Opens, Drink Specials at Champions Club
7:30 PM Kickoff vs. New England Revolution

GLASS and LGBT CSA have secured a block of 25 tickets for $25 each located conveniently by the Champion’s Club.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets through GLASS, please e-mail Jackson Droney at jackson@glasscaucus.org.  LGBT CSA members can reach out to John Blair for tickets at john.blair@mail.house.gov.

Let us know you’re coming at:
http://www.facebook.com/events/158745740916498/

The evening includes:

  • Tailgating in Lot 8 starting at 4:30 PM.  GLASS will have a table, tent, and will provide beer.  Refreshment stands and food trucks will be nearby.
  • Happy Hour at Champion’s Club from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  Drink specials will run during this pregame event near our seating section.
  • T-shirt toss and raffle during the game.

Directions to Lot 8 can be found by clicking here.

GLASS & the LGBT CSA are proud to support their efforts for United Night Out: One Game, One Community, United. http://www.unitednightout.com/

“Bully” Special Screening, Roundtable & Panel Discussion

GLASS invites our members and community supporters to participate in this important event on anti-bullying. The event is open to the public, however RSVPs are required for both the roundtable in the House and the film screening at the Department of Education. The following letter and invitation is from the Office of Congressman Mike Honda.

Invitation:

Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus Launch

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Please RSVP to fayzan.gowani@mail.house.gov

Dear Friend:
I hope you will join us on June 28, 2012, for the launch of the newly formed Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus. Every year, millions of Americans are physically or psychologically attacked on the basis of their skin color, ethnicity, physical or mental abilities, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, religion, or age. In 2012, at least thirteen million children will be teased, taunted, and physically assaulted by their peers, making bullying the most common form of violence our nation’s youth experience this year. We also recognize that bullying is not confined within classroom walls. As more retirees move into assisted living facilities, experiences with bullying among our elderly communities are also on the rise. This disturbing trend, coupled with a lack of comprehensive federal protections on the issue, underscores the significant role the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus will play in addressing the issue of bullying nationwide.

The Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus will be a premier forum for individuals and advocates from private sector organizations and non-profit agencies, educators, students, and everyday individuals, along with Members of Congress, to proactively respond to issues of bullying – both online and offline. This includes providing a safe environment to hear from individuals who have been involved in different aspects of bullying and also recognizing the importance of addressing external issues that lead to bullying behavior. We all share the responsibility of creating welcoming and inclusive environments to foster a more vibrant, educated, and respectful society. The Caucus will generate positive solutions — starting with an inclusive, focused dialogue.

Roundtable Session

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building

Panel One: Overview on bullying behavior and power dynamics

Moderator: Jody Huckaby, Executive Director, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Speakers:

Lara Schwartz, VP of External Affairs, American Association of People with Disabilities

Dr. Joe Wright, Legislative Assistant Department of Federal Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics

Michael Lieberman, Counsel, Anti-Defamation League

American Association of Retired Persons

Panel Two: Adult Roles and Responsibilities

Moderator: Eliza Byard, Executive Director,Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Speakers:

Robert Gebbia, Executive Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Lily Eskelsen, Vice President, National Education Association

Lee Hirsch, director of the film Bully

Panel Three: Moving Forward: Efforts to Eradicate Bullying

Moderator: Congressman Mike Honda

Speakers:

Russlyn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education

Brooke Oberwetter, Associate Manager – Policy Communications, Facebook

Lee Cutler, Vice-President, American Federation of Teachers

Katy Butler, teen activist

Evening Reception and Screening of Bully

Bully profiles the lives of several young teens and their families and their intimate experiences with bullying

Reception: 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Film: 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Panel: 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Barnard Auditorium

Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave. SW

Washington, DC 20202

An evening reception and screening of Lee Hirsch’s landmark documentary Bully will follow the roundtable session.

Once again, on behalf of the members of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, I cordially invite you to attend our Caucus launch. We look forward to the insights and experiences you will bring to crafting proactive solutions to bullying on June 28, 2012. Should you have any questions, would like to inquire about joining the Caucus, or would like to RSVP for the panel and/or film screening, please contact Fayzan Gowani by phone at (202) 225-2631 or by email at Fayzan.Gowani@mail.house.gov. I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

H

Mike Honda

Chair, Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus

LGBT Congressional Staff Association Discussion

Congressional Black Associates & LGBT Congressional Staff Association in conjunction with FIRE Initiative of the Center for American Progress present:

Invisible Lives:
Conversations on the experiences, struggles, and triumphs of
Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Americans

Friday, June 22, 2012
Starting at 12:15p
Cannon Caucus Room 345

Please join us to participate in one or more of the following discussions:

12:30p
Marriage Equality
Why is marriage equality important to the Black community?

Michael Crawford, Freedom to Marry
Danielle Moodie-Mills, LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress
Scott Simpson, Gumbinner & Davies Communications
Akosua Tyus, NAACP DC Branch President  

Moderated by: Jonathan Capehart, MSNBC Contributor/Washington Post Editorialist

1:15p
Beyond Marriage
What current laws and policies hinder LGBT people and their families from receiving equal treatment?
Heather Sawyer, House Judiciary Committee
Stacey Long, National Gay & Lesbian Taskforce
Hilary Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy  
Aisha Moodie-Mills, FIRE initiative at Center for American Progress

Moderated by: Michael J. Brewer, Congressional Black Associates

2:00p
Expanding the Dialogue
How do we build an affirming community for LGBT people of color?
 
Terra Moore, Center of Excellence for Transgender
Health’s National Advisory Board Member
Sharon Lettman-Hicks, National Black Justice Coalition
Pastor Delman Coates, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church
Keli Goff, Author & Political Analyst

Moderated by: DorianWarren, Columbia University Professor

For more information, contact Isaiah Wilson at Isaiah.Wilson@mail.house.gov.

You do not have to be an LGBT CSA member to attend. RSVP on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/events/314590111962508/

Download the flyer here:

Invisible Lives Flyer (MS-Word)
Invisible Lives Flyer (PDF)