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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2011


Contact: ATF Public Affairs Division

(202) 648-8500

ATF Hosts 1st Gay Pride Observance

Congressman Barney Frank to Deliver Remarks

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today sponsored its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month program at its headquarters, with Acting Director Kenneth Melson providing remarks and Rep. Barney Frank serving as the keynote speaker.

The celebration was in recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to ATF and the nation, and to promote awareness of the LGBT culture.

ATF works to ensure sexual orientation discrimination and prejudice are not tolerated in our workplace, said Melson. ATF is an equal employment opportunity environment where effective and equitable participation is encouraged. We are grateful that the Honorable Rep. Frank could share his experiences with our workforce as we celebrate diversity today.

Frank spoke about his experiences serving as an openly gay congressman for the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts.

ATF created its LGBT affinity group called ATF Pride with the primary goal of ensuring equal employment opportunity and enhancing development opportunities for LGBT employees at the agency.

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