October 11 is National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out DayFrom the Human Rights Campaign:

“28 years ago, on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, we first observed National Coming Out Day as a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10.

Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.”

For More Information and Resources, go to hrc.im/ComingOutDay

Get tickets to IFS for a dollar!

65025237The International Food Sample Festival is coming back to PTO and we have tickets! Where can you get them? You can go by Gary Hollinden’s office (REM4C76) in the mornings, or Edward Hart at RAN8B21, if you’re in Madison, visit Yaira Resto at MDE 4D64. You can also come by Coffee Break on Tuesday Jul 12 at 2:30 and buy your tickets as well. So many options! This special pricing is for Affinity Group members only, and it ends on July 15th while supplies last, get yours now!

A minute of silence for Orlando

multi colored candlesJoin us on Tuesday June 14th at 2:45 PM on the front steps of the Madison Building, as we observe a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families. Bismarck Myrick, Director of EEOD and Jim Alstrum-Acevedo, Vice-President of SHPE join us in support. We will follow by a reading of names and singing the National Anthem together. The event will also be streamed live online for those not present on campus.

Capital Pride Celebration June 1-12 in DC!

prideIf you go to one event this June, don’t miss Capital Pride. This year’s theme, “Make the Magic Happen” speaks to the power we have as a community to effect change that strengthens the LBGTA movement locally, regionally, and nationally.  The desire to be a part of this change is a spark that inspires us to avidly pursue equality at every level and work to preserve the victories that we have secured.

The parade on June 11th is expected to last three hours with the last contingent passing 14th and R at 7:30pm. Music and entertainment begins at the announcement stand and review stand at 3:30pm. Then there’s the festival on June 12 and many other events throughout June around the Capital City.

For more information, go to capitalpride.org

Around DC: Monthly Federal Globe Happy Hour

Please join Federal GLOBE for its monthly Networking Happy Hour on Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Cobalt.

This event offers a great opportunity to network and socialize with other LGBT Federal employees.  Please help us spread the word; tell your colleagues or bring a friend.

Cobalt is conveniently located in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood at the corner of 17th and R Streets, NW.

Raising Children in a Diverse World coming May 24

Photo of children's hands with rainbow light shining on them.The Office of Human Resources Benefits and Worklife Branch, in partnership with LifeCare, will present a “Raising Children in a Diverse World” webinar from 1-2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 24.   Register at WorkLife4You and use USPTO as the registration code if you’re not already registered on the LifeCare website.
Teaching children about diversity and tolerance is a critical part of parenting today. This seminar will provide information to teach children about diversity.
Join LifeCare Consultant, Ron Precourt as he discusses the following:

  • Helping children to be proud of their heritage
  • Introducing children to other cultures, religions and races
  • Answering tough questions
  • Protecting your child from discrimination
  • How to be a good role model.

All seminars are open to USPTO employees and their family members.

For inquiries related to the “Raising Children in a Diverse World” webinar or other USPTO Wellness events, contact the Compensation and Benefits Division. To view program details visit the USPTO Worksite Wellness online site and select calendar of events.