LGBT Congressional Staff Association Joins Call For Action To Address Sexual Harassment

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Friday, December 08, 2017

 

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LGBT Congressional Staff Association Joins Call For Action To Address Sexual Harassment

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association, Congressional Black Associates, Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, Congressional South Asian American Staff Association, Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, Italian-American Congressional Staff Association, Professional Administrative Managers Staff Organization, Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, Senate GLASS Caucus, and Women’s Congressional Staff Association together issued the following joint statement urging Congress to take additional action regarding workplace sexual harassment:

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LGBT CSA, GLASS, GLOBE Celebrate National Coming Out Day

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) released the following statement in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The LGBT CSA was joined by the Senate GLASS Caucus and LC-GLOBE.

“20 years ago, few congressional staff could be out at work or in public,” said Todd Sloves, President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “Today, more than 70 staff gathered on the Capitol Steps to show that has changed. We want to show that you can be out, proud, and work for the institution that directs the policy of our nation. We hope this show of pride and solidarity continues to change hearts and minds so that more may join us on the steps in years to come.”

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LGBT Congressional Staff Association Statement in Remembrance of the Pulse Massacre

WASHINGTON – Today, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) issued the following statement in remembrance of the 49 people killed during Latin night at Pulse, an LGBT night club in Orlando, FL.

“Last year, our community experienced an act of hate and violence that robbed us of 49 precious lives,” said Todd Sloves, President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “As we mark one year after the Pulse attack, we remember the lives of those taken from us and redouble our efforts to move forward toward a better future.”

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LGBT Congressional Staff Association Condemns Vandalism of Pride Flag Outside of Congressional Office

Today, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) released the following statement in response to the pride flag vandalism outside the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Rep. Lowenthal of California:

“The LGBT Congressional Staff Association vehemently condemns this bigoted attack on the LGBT community that occurred at the heart of our government,” said Todd Sloves, President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “The U.S. Capitol is a symbol of our nation’s longstanding tradition of bringing together people from all walks of life to promote the Constitutional ideal that we are all created equal. The Pride flag is a symbol of this American ideal within the LGBT community, and an attack like this is an attack on all of us. We are relieved that no one was injured and we want our colleagues to know that the LGBT CSA is here as a resource and will continue working to make Capitol Hill a welcoming place for all.”

Background:

On March 15, 2017 an individual removed the Pride Flag from outside Rep. Alan Lowenthal’s office in the Cannon House Office Building, threw it to the ground, and stomped on it, exclaiming that the flag was "disgusting, immoral, and goes against everything that is right."

The LGBT CSA is the official, non-partisan organization in the U.S. House of Representatives whose mission is to advance the interests of current as well as prospective LGBT staff members. To learn more about the organization, please visit www.lgbtcsa.org.

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LGBT Congressional Staff Association’s Yesenia Chavez to receive Latino GLBT History Project’s Mujeres en el Movimiento Award

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) shared that tomorrow its Vice President, Yesenia Chavez, will receive the Latino GLBT History Project’s Mujeres en el Movimiento Avocacy Award for her work to empower and increase the visibility of LGBT Latinas and Latinos in Washington, D.C.
 
“We’re so proud of Yesenia for this well-deserved recognition,” said Todd Sloves, President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “In her time serving on the board of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, Yesenia has worked hard to expand our organization’s diversity and has served as a mentor to numerous junior LGBT staff of color. She is a trailblazer for LGBT Latinas at the heart of our government. On behalf of our members, we congratulate Yesenia and thank her for her service to our organization and to the Hispanic LGBT community.”
 
“I’m grateful to the Latino GLBT History Project for selecting me as a recipient of this distinguished honor,” said Yesenia Chavez, Vice President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “As Vice President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association and organizer of Latinas in the House, I have strived to build a pipeline for queer and women staffers on the Hill. While the work is never done, I am honored to work on behalf of my community, to push for space for LGBT people and Latinas on the Hill, and to foster a sense of community amongst ourselves that enables us to create policies that reflect our needs.”
 
Yesenia has taken a leading role in organizing events for the LGBT Congressional Staff Association that focus on creating a safe space for women and queer people of color, including an annual “Galentine’s Day” Breakfast, regular Queer People of Color (QPOC) and women’s events, and various guest speaker events. Most recently she helped to organize a special QPOC Happy Hour that brought together more than 50 House, Senate, and D.C. advocates in an informal, community setting.
 
The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit volunteer-led organization whose mission is to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
 
Mujeres en el Movimiento is an annual event coordinated by LHP's Women's committee as an effort to recognize and celebrate Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Latina activists who have made significant contributions to empower and increase the visibility of LGBT Latinas and Latinos in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
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LGBT Congressional Staff Association Announces New Board of Directors for 2017

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) announced today that its membership has elected its new board of directors for 2017, with Todd Sloves serving as the organization’s president. A picture of the new board, along with biographies, can be viewed here.

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LGBT and Muslim Staff, Members of Congress Hold Vigil and Moment of Silence for Orlando Shooting Victims at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON –  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) and Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA) held a joint vigil and moment of silence on the U.S. Capitol steps today to stand in solidarity with the Orlando community and remember the victims of Sunday’s shooting during Latin night at Pulse, an LGBT night club in Orlando, FL. At the vigil, the Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, Father Patrick J. Conroy, gave an interfaith prayer followed by a moment of silence for those lives lost or injured.

The vigil was attended by Members of Congress as well as congressional staff and interns. Several staff associations also attended, including the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, the Women’s Congressional Staff Association, the Gay and Lesbian Allied Senate Staff (GLASS), Congressional Black Associates, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association.

“In the aftermath of this heinous act of terror, today we join together on the Capitol steps to show the world that we are stronger when we stand together,” said Mitchell Rivard, President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “Our diversity and love of country makes us better citizens. Hand in hand, we will stand together to speak out against violence and hate – today, tomorrow and in the future.”

“Time and time again the LGBT community has stood by the Muslim community in the face of hate, bigotry and marginalization,” said Omair Mirza, President of the Congressional Muslim Staff Association. “Today, shoulder to shoulder, we proudly stand with LGBT congressional staff to honor the victims and send a strong message that American Muslims will not tolerate hateful words or acts of violence against our friends in the LGBT community. During this Holy month of Ramadan, we will keep the victims and their loved ones in our prayers.”

The LGBT CSA is a non-partisan, officially sanctioned organization in the U.S. House of Representatives. To learn more about the organization, please visit www.lgbtcsa.org.

The Congressional Muslim Staff Association (CMSA) is a non-partisan, bicameral organization that strives to improve the institution of Congress by serving Muslim staffers on Capitol Hill and create a pipeline for young Muslims who aspire to serve their country. 

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LGBT Congressional Staff Association Announces New Board of Directors for 2016

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) announced today that its membership has elected its new board of directors for 2016, with Mitchell Rivard serving as the organization’s president. A picture of the new board, along with biographies, can be viewed here.

“The LGBT Congressional Staff Association is dedicated to helping LGBT staffers succeed on Capitol Hill and our new board of directors is already putting together great career and networking events for the new year,” said Rivard. “We are always welcoming new members, both Democrats and Republicans, and look forward to expanding the great progress the LGBT CSA has made over the last year. We are a safe and diverse space for any LGBT Capitol Hill staffers looking to meet new people and get advice for their career.”

The LGBT CSA is a non-partisan, officially sanctioned organization in the U.S. House of Representatives whose mission is to advance the interests of LGBT staff, promote professional development opportunities and advocate for the LGBT community at large. The LGBT CSA has previously held successful events year-around on Capitol Hill, including monthly speaker series events with distinguished guests, networking happy hours, and career workshops. For a list of upcoming events, please visit www.lgbtcsa.org.

The new board of directors elected are listed below:

President: Mitchell Rivard; Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05).

Vice President: Todd Sloves; Legislative Assistant for Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-14).

Communications Director: Ross Arnett; Legislative Assistant for Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-36).

Professional Development Director: Robert Edmonson; Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (CA-12).

Social Events Director: Raghib Allie-Brennan; Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12).

Membership Director: Yesenia Chavez; Legislative Assistant for Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03).

At-Large Director: Michael Wong; Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09).

At-Large Director: Megan Crouch; Legislative Correspondent for Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-36).

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LGBT CSA Board Member Yesenia Chavez Named ‘Best Hill Staffer’ by Washington Blade

WASHINGTON – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) today congratulated Yesenia Chavez, who was voted “Best Hill Staffer” in the Washington Blade’s recent “Best of Gay D.C.” reader poll. Yesenia serves on the LGBT CSA board as the association’s Membership Director.

“We are so proud of Yesenia and thrilled for her much-deserved recognition by the Washington Blade,” said Mitchell Rivard, President of the LGBT CSA. “Yesenia’s hard work every day, combined with her energy and passion she brings to the job, is helping to make Capitol Hill a more welcoming place for LGBT staffers. We are lucky to have her drive and determination on our board.” 

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Yesenia Chavez is a first-generation Mexican-American that serves as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva. She advises the congressman on policy matters pertaining to LGBT, Human Rights, Women's Issues, Gun Violence, Small Business, Veteran’s Affairs, Transportation, Voting Rights, Military and Defense, and Commemorations. As Membership Director of the LGBT CSA, Yesenia works to create safe and inclusive spaces for all staffers, especially queer women and people of color, to meet one another and foster relationships to promote membership growth.

The LGBT CSA is a bipartisan organization on Capitol Hill whose mission is to advance the interests of LGBT House of Representatives staff, and advocate for the LGBT community at large. For more information, visit www.lgbtcsa.org.  

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Coming Out Day 2015

The LGBT Congressional Staff Association joined colleagues with the Senate GLASS Caucus and the Library of Congress GLOBE for our 2015 National Coming Out Day photo.

Check out an op-ed we penned on the importance of coming out.

 

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