Fall of DOMA: Federal Government works to extend benefits to same-sex spouses
Notification and Security Package Requirements
(CT:DS-145; 04-07-2009) (Uniform State/BBG (see MOA V-480)/ USAID (see ADS 566.3.8)/Commerce/Agriculture)
a. For guidance in those instances where a previously approved cohabitation arrangement has resulted in marriage to the same foreign national, contact the Office of Personnel Security and Suitability (DS/SI/PSS) for a determination as to whether submission of an additional “intent to marry” package is warranted. Based on the DS/SI/PSS assessment of factors such as country of origin, current citizenship status, and time lapsed since previous investigation, a determination will be made whether to conduct a limited re-investigation. Generally, no duplicative investigative efforts will be undertaken; however, the requirements for each case will be evaluated on an individual basis.
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- The Office of Personnel Management issues guidance regarding employee benefits now available to same-sex spouses.
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services is able to approve I-130 petitions
- See Secretery Kerry's statement here, and Administrator Shah's statement here.
- Join the GLIFAA Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates.
Pride at State 2013
On June 19, Secretary Kerry was joined by Congressman John Lewis and the Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling. Judy and Dennis Shepard of the Matthew Shepard Foundation were the guests of honor at the event.
Read his remarks and see the video here.
GLIFAA Celebrates 2013 Capital Pride
On June 8 and 9, 2013, GLIFAA marched in the DC Capital Pride Parade and operated a booth at the Festival. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, our participation in 2013 Pride was a huge success!
Our 2013 GLIFAA Float!
Marchers in the 2013 Parade
Presidential Proclamation for June 2013 Pride Month
On May 31, President Obama reiterated his support for equality for LGBT Americans. He called upon the people of the United States to end prejudice everywhere it exists and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people. Read the proclamation here.
GLIFAA Endorses the iAFSA Coalition for AFSA
GLIFAA is pleased to endorse the iAFSA Coalition in the upcoming election for AFSA's Governing Board. The coalition agreed to fully incorporate GLIFAA’s plank into its platform – calling for greater equality for LGBT employees and our families, an end to DOMA, support for the Respect for Marriage Act, the Uniting American Families Act, and the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act, and the elimination of the transgender exclusion in FEHB programs, among other things. To view the entire platform, including GLIFAA’s plank, and learn more about the iAFSA Coalition’s team (including three GLIFAA members!), please visit http://www.iafsacoalition.com. Voting begins April 15, and this year AFSA members can vote electronically. GLIFAA urges all members to vote for iAFSA's slate of candidates, especially for GLIFAA members Clayton Bond (State), Ken Kero-Mentz (State), and Barry Friedman (Retiree), as well as for Greg Hicks (State VP).
Celebrating GLIFAA's 20th Anniversary!
Secretary Clinton delivered remarks at GLIFAA's 20th Anniversary Celebration in the Benjamin Franklin Dining Room of the Harry S. Truman Building! Remarks will be streamed on www.state.gov. See the Notice to the Press for more information.
State Department and June 2013 Pride Month
The State Department has posted a notice about Pride Month on their public web site. This includes bios of a number of GLIFAA members. The White House has also published a number of LGBT Resources.
Check out the GLIFAA Blogs
We've posted a new blog called Tales from the Closet, which includes stories from LGBT employees at foreign affairs agencies before 1992. Read the stories or submit your cown contribution in our Tales from the Closet section.
GLIFAA's board also regularly updates the GLIFAA Board Blog to bring you news and insight on events that relate to our community.
President Obama & Secretary Clinton Deliver Policy to Support LGBT Human Rights
On December 6, 2011, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing agencies operating abroad to defend the rights of LGBT persons when carrying out U.S. foreign policy. Simultaneously, Secretary Clinton delivered the first speech by a U.S. Cabinet Official abroad devoted solely to the human rights of LGBT persons. Read details here.
Secretary Clinton: Tomorrow Will Be Better
Secretary Cinton has been a leader for LGBT equality within the State Department and USAID, as well as for protecting the human rights of LGBT people around the world. Her message in response to LGBT teen suicide is another sign of her commitment to LGBT equality worldwide.
View her video on YouTube.
Secretary Clinton Delivers Major LGBT Human Rights SpeechSecretary Clinton speaks at GLIFAA's 2011 Pride reception.
Secretary Clinton delivered a major speech on LGBT Human Rights and Foreign Policy during an event at the State Department celebrating LGBT Pride Month. The Secretary also announced that transgender employees will be included in the Department's EEO protections. Read the transcript or view the video of the speech. A video of the entire Pride event is available as well.
Updated Domestic Partner Regulations
The Department of State and other Foreign Affairs Agencies have updated their regulations for same-sex partners of their employees. For updated information about the new regulations, please take a look at our information about these new benefits and regulations.
Pay your 2012 Membership Dues Online
GLIFAA is your organization. Sign up now and pay your membership dues online to help the organization continue the tremendous strides of the last couple of years. You can now pay your dues online with PayPal or by check. For more information, click here.
LGBT Foreign Affairs Scholarship
GLIFAA is sponsoring a scholarship for students of foreign affairs interested in LGBT advocacy and working in a foreign affairs-related internship. The LGBT Foreign Affairs Scholarship Board will award one $2,500 scholarship to a disadvantaged student who plans to intern in a foreign affairs-related field. The LGBT Foreign Affairs Scholarship serves as need and merit-based financial aid for students pursuing degrees and/or careers in foreign affairs.
For more information and to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLIFAA Post Representatives
GLIFAA's post representatives are doing great work overseas. Find the post representative in your country, or email email@example.com for more information.
Read the latest policies issued by the Administration, the Department of State, and other foreign affairs agencies
Issues facing LGBT employees at foreign affairs agencies have generated a significant amount of press. Read some of that coverage here.
View the resources GLIFAA has assembled to help LGBT employees and their families.
Read the statements by GLIFAA and our allies as we have advocated for important policy changes that affect the lives of LGBT foreign affairs employees and their families.