Statement on the 2015 GLASS Steering Committee Elections

Statement on the 2015 GLASS Steering Committee Elections

For Immediate Release

February 26, 2015
Contact: Andrew Fuentes, info@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON – The Steering Committee of the GLASS Caucus released the following statement on the 2015 GLASS Caucus Steering Committee Election Results:

“On behalf of the GLASS Caucus, we congratulate the new and returning Steering Committee members elected today:

Justin Laufer
Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski

Julian Miller
Office of Senator Richard J. Durbin

Adam Henderson
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Andrew Shine
Office of Senator Tom Carper

Andrew Fuentes
Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein

Joseph Lindblad
Office of Senator Richard J. Durbin

Mario Semiglia
Office of Senator Martin Heinrich

“Today we congratulate both new and returning members of Steering Committee, and wish them the best of luck carrying out our mission to increase visibility and raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT community.

“As we begin the 114th Congress, we look forward to working with members and staff from varying and diverse backgrounds as we continue to build a safe environment for social interaction and professional development for all employees of the United States Senate.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in the election, and we look forward to working on your behalf in the coming year.”

Statement Honoring World AIDS Day 2014

Statement by the Senate GLASS Caucus Honoring the Twenty-Sixth Annual World AIDS Day – December 1, 2014

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2014
Contact: Laura Erickson Hatalsky, laura@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today GLASS recognizes World AIDS Day as we remember the millions who have died from HIV/AIDS and continue the fight for a cure.

Since the first World AIDS Day was observed on December 1, 1988, considerable progress has been made – what was once a near-certain death sentence is now a manageable disease. More than two decades later, however, far too many are newly infected and ultimately lose their lives to HIV/AIDS each year.

There is still considerable work to be done and we all have a role to play. Prevention and education, expanded access to care and bringing an end to stigma associated with the disease are all important aspects of a comprehensive solution.

Today and every day we join the global vow to usher in an AIDS-free generation and stop this epidemic once and for all.

Statement on the President’s Employment Non-Discrimination Executive Order

Statement on President Obama Signing an Executive Order Banning Federal Contractors from Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

For Immediate Release

July 21, 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 in response to President Obama’s signing of an executive order that would prohibit contractors from discriminating against workers on the basis their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“GLASS applauds President Obama for signing today’s executive order banning contractor discrimination. While we do not take specific policy positions, we believe that full equality for the LGBT community should supersede politics.

“Although we have seen tremendous progress in states across the country, in 29 states, it is still perfectly legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It will make a tremendous difference to LGBT workers everywhere that the United States government will no longer do business with companies that practice discrimination. The primary focus of the GLASS Caucus has always been on fostering a positive work environment and safe workplace for Senate employees, and this executive order is crafted based on those same ideals.

“GLASS is pleased with the administration’s continued support for LGBT Americans, and we are excited to witness the ongoing progress toward ending all discrimination against the LGBT community.”

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.”

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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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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GLASS Launches New Communication Tools, Resources for LGBT Senate Staff

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2012
Contact: Jake McCook, GLASS Communications Director
(202)-681-4595, jake@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus proudly announced enhanced resources and communication tools are now available to its members and community supporters.

Launched today, GLASS’s new website, http://glasscaucus.org and Facebook Fan Page, http://www.facebook.com/GLASSCaucus, will provide background information on the organization and the resources it provides to Senate staff. It will also allow users to stay up-to-date with GLASS events, activities and opportunities through social media. Integrated into the tools are GLASS’s email newsletter, calendar, and blog so members can interact with the organization using their preferred method of communication.

Launching the enhanced communication tools, which were developed over the course of several months, is a milestone in the organization’s history.

“With this launch, we are proud to share the great work of GLASS online just as we do among our Senate colleagues in person. For us, this is a coming out in a 21st century kind of way,” said Jake McCook, GLASS Communications Director.

Founded in 2004 by LGBT employees of the United States Senate, GLASS is non-partisan staff association whose mission is to increase visibility and promote the welfare and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Senate employees.

“As a founding member of GLASS, it gives me a great sense of pride to see the organization grow and fulfill its original mission,” said Jeffrey Levensaler, a Co-Chair of GLASS. “I am pleased we are able to provide a safe, professional forum for LGBT staff while individually contributing our talents to the Senate community.”

Today GLASS is a burgeoning group of Senate employees from personal, committee and support offices. It has a strong tradition of non-partisanship, as its members come from Democratic, Republican, Independent and non-designated offices, with diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, geographic location and sexual orientation.

“We are a diverse community brought together by a common mission,” said GLASS Co-Chair Jackson Droney.  “We’re excited by the opportunities these new communications tools will create for our members.”

In addition to the interactive tools, GLASS will offer key professional development opportunities for LGBT Senate staff. The organization recently began facilitating a Membership Program which will provide its members with personalized, one-one-one career advice. The program seeks to help staff navigate the unique issues that LGBT individuals confront while working in the Senate, advance the skills of its members, and reinforce a sense of community among GLASS Caucus members.

For more information on the GLASS Caucus, visit
http://glasscaucus.org

Media professionals are encouraged to visit the organization’s press page at https://glasscaucus.org/press

Community members can find out more information about partnering with GLASS at: https://glasscaucus.org/community

About GLASS:

The Gay, Lesbian, and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus is a non-profit, non-partisan 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.

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GLASS Celebrates President Obama’s Statement on Marriage Equality

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2012
Contact: Jake McCook, GLASS Communications Director
(202)-681-4595, jake@glasscaucus.org

WASHINGTON, DC – The Steering Committee of the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus released the following statement on President Obama’s statement on marriage equality:

“As an organization created to promote the welfare and dignity of LGBT employees in the U.S. Senate, the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus joins in the chorus of our community to celebrate President Obama’s statement on marriage equality.

“While we do not take specific policy positions, as we witness a sitting president evolve on this issue, we are reminded of how far we’ve come since GLASS was founded in 2004, and how proud we are to be working openly in the Senate today. As a bipartisan organization, we believe that full equality for the LGBT community should supersede politics. We look forward to sharing this message in our individual and professional capacities as we live and work among our Senate colleagues, and we thank the President for his leadership.”

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GLASS Participates in the AIDS Walk

House, Senate and Library of Congress LGBT Staff Organizations Compete for Charity

LGBT CSA, GLASS, and LC Globe raise more than $5,000 for AIDS Walk Washington

Braving the cold temperatures and rain that poured throughout the event, representatives from the LGBT Congressional Staff Association and the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff Caucus (GLASS) marched as a bi-cameral group down Pennsylvania Avenue , from Freedom Plaza to U.S. Capitol and back in the 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) event.

In addition to the walk, the organizations had challenged each other for several months to see who could raise the most money for the event. They were joined in healthy competition by members of the LC Globe, the gay and lesbian employee association at the Library of Congress.

In the end, the three organizations enlisted 30 people to help raise a combined $5858.96 – money that will benefit D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health, an organization that provides care to people infected with HIV and AIDS.

Brock Thompson led his organization’s efforts and raised more than $2,000 alone. “The LC GLOBE was happy and proud to participate in the AIDS Walk. It was a true honor to join up with our Hill counterparts and do something for this city’s most needy.”

According to the Whitman-Walker Health clinic, about 3 percent of the District’s population over the age of 12 has HIV or AIDS – a figure that is one of the highest rates in the nation and above the 1% health experts classify as a generalized and severe epidemic for a major city.

Jeffrey Levensaler, Outreach Chair for GLASS, has been doing volunteer work for HIV/AIDS for more than 20 twenty years, including two years as chair of the AIDS Walk in Portland , Maine . “Despite the weather, it was great to be with friends and colleagues to support this vital cause. All these years later I am still hoping for the day when we have a cure.”

This was the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Walk in Washington , D.C. , and organizers estimate they will meet their goal of raising more than $1 million – the first time that amount has been reached since 1999.

“This was truly a team effort, and everyone, including LC GLOBE, GLASS, the LGBT CSA, and the Whitman-Walker clinic, were all winners,” said Suzanne Sable Beall of the LGBT CSA.

While the LGBT CSA has brought in more money since the challenge began, GLASS recruited double the number of participants who both raised funds and walked on the day of the event.

“We are very proud of our GLASS members who recruited their friends, raised money, and showed the dedication by getting up so early and slugging through the cold rain to support such an important cause,” said Michael DiNapoli, Social Chair and organizer of the GLASS contingent.

Donations can still be made to AIDS Walk Washington through Dec. 31. Links to the individual team pages can be found below.

  • Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff Caucus (GLASS), as of 10/31/11
  • 20 Members
  • Total Raised $2,604.07
  • Team page: http://bit.ly/tqqvIW
  • LGBT Congressional Staff Association, as of 10/31/11
  • (includes Library of Congress GLOBE)
  • 10 Members
  • Total Raised $3,254.89
  • Team page: http://bit.ly/vJzgZV

For more information about the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Washington , visit:

http://www.aidswalkwashington.org/

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