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Government Agencies recognize LGBTQ+ employees during Pride Month

Government Executive (Buble) reported that since Pride Month started on Tuesday, “many federal agencies have been taking the opportunity to recognize their LGBTQ+ employees and share how they are advancing equity in their respective missions.”

According to the article, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm tweeted on Wednesday that for “the first time ever the department is flying the Pride flag,” adding, “throughout the Department of Energy, members of the LGBTQ+ community are our neighbors, friends, family and colleagues, and world-leading scientists,” and “we’re humbled by the triumphs of the trailblazers that came before, and at Energy we’re fighting to ensure that the clean energy future we’re striving for is an equitable one.” E&E News also reported on the storyline.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Arizona Daily Star featured an AP photo of Sec. Granholm and Chief of Staff Tarak Shah raising the Progress Pride flag.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Department of Energy Chief of Staff Tarak Shah, right, help raise the Progress Pride Flag outside the Department of Energy in Washington, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Shah is the first person of color, first Indian-American and first openly LGBTQ person to serve as Chief of Staff for D.O.E. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)