PRESS RELEASE: LGBT Hill Staffers Out and Proud on Eve of National Coming Out Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, October 10, 2014

Contact: Kat Skiles, Kat.Skiles@mail.house.gov 

LGBT Hill Staffers Out and Proud on Eve of National Coming Out Day

Washington, DC – In honor of National Coming Out Day, Saturday, October 11, 2014, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) in conjunction with the Gay, Lesbian, and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) and Library of Congress - GLOBE commends the leadership of its out and proud members on Capitol Hill.

The LGBT CSA is an officially sanctioned organization within the U.S. House of Representatives and brings together a diversity of genders, ethnicities, political affiliations and sexual identities with the goal of creating a truly inclusive Capitol Hill community.

“On Capitol Hill staffers live high paced days that sometimes bleed into early mornings with desks that separate themselves by inches. It doesn't matter what office or what position – your colleagues become your surrogate family” said Michelle Mittler, President of the LGBT CSA. “Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is part of a person's identity and no one should have to live a life that is disingenuous. Not at work. Not anywhere. These matters are not partisan in nature. They are human in nature.”

“Our members are open and proud to be working on Capitol Hill, working every day to make the world a better and more inclusive place,” said Mitchell Rivard, Vice President of the LGBT CSA. “Coming Out Day is a time to celebrate and accept yourself, no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity. Now more than ever, be proud of who you are. Tell your family, friends and co-workers that you are gay. Every person who comes out – to their family, to their friends, in their office – increases acceptance of the LGBT community and shows youth that an inclusive world with full equality is within reach.”

On the eve of Saturday's international day of awareness, the LGBT Congressional Staff Association invites all Capitol Hill colleagues to ‘come out’ in support of LGBT equality.

For more information on the LGBT CSA, visit www.lgbtcsa.org.

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