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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JANUARY 2012
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AFSA NEWS
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JANUARY 2013
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WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
FOCUS
AFSA NEWS
CALENDAR
1/9/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
1/16 - 1/17/2013
FSI Mid-Career Retirement
Planning Seminar (RV105)
1/21/2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
MLK/Inauguration Day:
AFSA Ofces Closed
2/6/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
2/6/2013
Deadline for Art and
Academic Merit Awards
Applications
2/10/2013
4:30 PM - 5:00PM
AFSA Road Scholar Program
2/11 - 2/13/2013
8th Annual Confict
Prevention, Peacekeeping &
Stability Conference
2/18/2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Presidents Day:
AFSA Ofces Closed
2/20/2013
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Luncheon: 170th A-100 Class
2/28/2013
Deadline for AFSA Dissent
and Performance Award
Nominations
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Joins in
Celebrating GLIFAA’s 20th Anniversary
On Nov. 28, Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton
addressed a large crowd
seated in the Benjamin
Franklin Diplomatic Recep-
tion Room to celebrate the
20th anniversary of Gays and
Lesbians in Foreign Afairs
Agencies, the State Depart-
ment’s ofcially recognized
employee afnity group for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender employees.
 
Under the leadership
of Secretary Clinton, LGBT
employees and their families
have a level of benefts and
recognition never before
seen in foreign afairs agen-
cies of the U.S. government.
Today, thanks to Secretary
Clinton, same-sex domestic
partners of Foreign Service
members serving overseas
receive the full range of
legally available benefts and
allowances. She also insti-
tuted the 2010 revision of the
Department’s equal employ-
ment opportunity policy to
prohibit discriminatory treat-
ment of employees and job
applicants based on gender
identity.
 Advocating for employ-
ees of the Department of
State, the U.S. Agency for
International Development,
the Peace Corps, the Foreign
Agricultural Service, the
Foreign Commercial Service,
and the Millennium Challenge
Corporation, and all foreign
afairs units of the U.S. gov-
ernment, GLIFAA continues
to work to ensure full parity
for LGBT personnel and
their families in U.S. foreign
afairs agencies serving both
domestically and abroad.
 GLIFAA began in 1992 to
challenge a security clear-
ance process that at the
time discriminated against
LGBT employees. GLIFAA
has grown since that time to
include hundreds of mem-
bers and associates and
become the ofcially recog-
nized voice of LGBT person-
nel in the U.S. foreign afairs
agencies.
 Members of the GLIFAA
Board meet regularly with
the management of the
State Department, USAID
and other agencies to
discuss ideas and solutions
to address the continued
concerns of LGBT personnel
and their families.
The issuance of a non-
discriminatory policy by
then-Secretary of State
Warren Christopher in 1994
was an early success. In the
summer of 2009, GLIFAA
was instrumental in encour-
aging the department to
grant Eligible Family Member
status to domestic partners
of employees and to their
children. This action resulted
in a number of foreign afairs
agencies following suit. 
GLIFAA, Continued on page 50
 
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton relates some of the difculties,
challenges and prejudices endured by lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender employees in foreign afairs agencies before changes were
introduced by the department and credits GLIFAA’s advocacy.