A Message from the Strategist
Please join our NIH community in celebrating Pride this year with EDI’s theme of “Advancing Equality and Visibility for All.” The theme centers around visibility and safety, concepts that are of the utmost importance to us, to EDI, and to NIH leadership.
We are working together to ensure that everyone, including sexual and gender minorities (SGM) experiences a workplace where they are seen and heard, and feel safe here at NIH. SGM broadly references, but is not limited to, those who identify as LGBTQIA+. In addition, SGM encompasses populations whose sexual orientation, gender identity, or reproductive development is considered not to align with cultural, societal, or physiological norms.
The proportion of U.S. adults who consider themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other identities represented under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella is growing at a faster pace than in prior years. In fact, the proportion of LGBTQIA+ Americans should exceed 10% soon with one in ten Millennials and one in five Gen Z members identifying as LGBTQIA+. Here at NIH, we recently made it a priority to initiate conversations toward making the agency a more equitable and inclusive place for all, including SGM (log in to VPN to view video).
We invite you to continue the conversation by participating in our Pride events and celebrating, this month and always, the work our community and allies have done to get us this far. Although the community’s progress is undeniable, the present is full of opportunities to effect lasting change and we can do it—together.
Sexual and Gender Minority
About the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag
The Evolution of the Pride Flag
The design of the Pride flag has evolved over many years. The original Pride flag was created by Kansas native, Gilbert Baker. Each of the six stripes carries an individual meaning: red is life, orange is healing, yellow is sunlight, green is nature, blue is harmony or serenity, and purple is spirit. The image shown here is the latest iteration of the Pride flag, which was designed by Intersex columnist, Valentino Vecchietti in 2021. This flag incorporates a small yellow triangle with a purple circle on the left side of the chevron to symbolize the Intersex Pride flag (learn more at https://morgancarpenter.com).
What do the design elements found in the flags mean?
- The chevron shape resembles an arrow pointing forward – our collective journey toward progress.
- The Progress flag is inclusive of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex individuals represented by light blue, light pink, and white.
- The brown and black stripes stand for communities of color.
- The black stripe remembers individuals impacted by AIDS, both those who have been lost and those who continue to live with the condition today.
- The choice of yellow and purple intentionally avoids colors that reference gender stereotypes.
- The unbroken circle rejects symbols that represent gender and signifies wholeness and completeness.
Intersex columnist Valentino Vecchietti designed the Intersex-Inclusive Progress flag in 2021.
Raising of the Inclusive Pride flag
Thursday, June 1, 2023 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
NIH Bethesda Campus, Building 1, in front of the flagpole
For the first time, The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Engagement Committee, along with Salutaris and the NIH SGM Employee Resource Group (ERG), will host a gathering during the raising of the Pride flag in observance of Pride Month. There will be light refreshments provided. NIH ERGs are invited to operate tables for group promotion and networking.
Food trucks will be available at Building 10 South, Lot 10 H.
Building your NIH Career with Pride Panel
(in-person and virtual)
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EDT
This event will feature a diverse panel of LGBTQIA+ speakers from across NIH. Speakers will share stories about how they built their careers at NIH, facilitate a moderated discussion about mentoring, and then conclude with a question-andanswer session.
Capital Pride Alliance Pride Parade
Saturday, June 10, 2023 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
Members of the NIH community are welcome to march in the Capital Pride Alliance Pride Parade with federal employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ or as allies. This event is being organized by PRIDE in Federal Service, an interagency group comprised of LGBTQIA+ employees and their allies.
Pride in Federal Service
(in-person and virtual)
Wednesday, June 28, 2023 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Due to unforeseen circumstances, our originally scheduled speaker cannot attend this talk. Another speaker is being scheduled in their absence. Please check back for updates regarding this event.