What is the GLASS Caucus?
The GLASS Caucus is a nonprofit, 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.
Who are GLASS members?
GLASS members include staff (and interns) employed by the United States Senate. GLASS is a nonpartisan organization made up of individuals from Democratic, Republican, Independent and nondesignated offices. This includes personal and committee offices, as well as support staff in and around the Capitol Hill Complex. We come from all walks of life, with diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, geographic location, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
Can I attend GLASS events if I am not a dues paying member?
Yes. Most of our events are free and open to the public. Occasionally, GLASS provides special opportunities for dues paying members only. Dues-paying members also retain the right to vote in elections, serve on the Steering Committee, and vote on amendments to the organization’s bylaws.
Can straight allies join GLASS?
Yes. GLASS welcomes straight allies interested in becoming members and supporters of the organization. Straight allies have even led the organization as Steering Committee members. In fact, the current 2016 Steering Committee has allies serving on its Board.
How do I find out about GLASS events?
There are several ways to connect with GLASS. Joining our email list is the best way to stay up to date with our events and activities. We also announce GLASS events on Facebook, Twitter, and the GLASS website.
Does GLASS advocate for LGBT legislation or specific political candidates?
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, GLASS does not participate in legislative lobbying or political activity, including endorsements or campaign fundraising. As Senate employees, GLASS members abide by their individual office policies, Senate Ethics rules and policies, and all laws prohibiting employees from involvement in political activity in relation to their employment.
What is the GLASS policy on confidentiality?
While GLASS’s mission is to increase visibility and promote the welfare and dignity of LGBT employees of the Senate, the organization takes the issue of confidentiality seriously. We recognize and respect individual privacy by keeping our member lists in confidence. We do not share, sell, or distribute membership information outside our network.
Individuals wishing to connect with GLASS via social media should review their individual settings and the privacy terms of the platform. If you have further questions about confidentiality in regards to GLASS events and social media, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.