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Diversity and Inclusion

LGBT Employment Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proudly leads the effort to build a diverse workforce and cultivate an inclusive work environment. We do this by developing and implementing policies and programs that promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace as we strive to ensure that VA’s workforce is drawn from the broadest segments of society so that it is poised to meet the present and future needs of our Nation's Veterans, their families, and beneficiaries.

VA is committed to a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace and understands that diversity and inclusion are essential for a high-performing organization that delivers the best service to our Nation's Veterans. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community is an integral aspect of our human diversity. To that end, VA has implemented several policies and programs addressing issues facing the LGBT community and is helping VA employees and patients access benefits made available by changes to Federal policy. For more information, view this Infographic on VA's LGBT Program.

Executive Orders

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VA Policies and Resources for Employees

Since 2009, VA’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) protections have included sexual orientation and gender identity in the Secretary’s EEO, Diversity and Inclusion, No FEAR, and Whistleblower Rights and Protection Policy Statement [PDF]. To complement this, VA developed and implemented a process to provide employees with an avenue of redress for complaints. See Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment [PDF]. Additionally, transgender VA employees are protected from discrimination including protection while transitioning at work, access to sanitary facilities, and accurate documentation in employee files.

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Affinity Organizations

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External Affinity Conferences Approved for VA-wide Participation (VA External Affinity Conferences Memo [PDF])

For more information on external affinity conferences approved for VA-wide participation, please visit the following:

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Observances (VA SEP Observances Memo [PDF])

ORMDI provides a SEP Observances Toolkit as guidance to field facilities on implementing activities for special observances, including the following:

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Federal Policies and Resources

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VA Policies and Resources for Veterans

In the area of health care delivery, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is committed to a patient-centered approach that organizes services around the needs and values of LGBT Veterans. To that end, VA has enacted a variety of policies relating to LGBT Veteran Care. To learn about these policies, review the following:

VA has instituted a policy to provide respectful delivery of health care to transgender and intersex Veterans which includes use of self-identified name and pronoun, documentation of sex in the computerized patient reporting system, hormone therapy, and pre/post-surgery medical care. For more information about this policy, review the following:

If you are a Veteran, dependent, or support person and would like information about VA services for LGBT Veterans, contact the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBT VCC) at your local facility. Visit the Office of Patient Care Services, Veterans with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Related Identities, for the LGBT VCC list. If you experience difficulties locating the LGBT VCC at your facility, please email the VA LGBT Program. If you are in crisis, PLEASE call the 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 option 1 or visit the Veterans Crisis Line.

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Employment

ORMDI does not offer or conduct employment services. Please visit the following:

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External Government Resources

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Program Contact

Note: This page links to external information on the Internet. VA is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of these Web sites, and linking to these sites does not constitute endorsement by VA of the sites' sponsors or the information, products, or services they provide.

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