Labor Secretary Solis “proud of pride;” condemns defacement of posters

by on June 30, 2009  •  In Uncategorized

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis  reacted strongly to news that many DoL posters advertising Pride Month had been torn down or defaced. It's a small thing, but it never would have happened in a Republican administration.

From: Secretary Hilda Solis
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2009 1:40 PM
Subject: Proud of Pride

Dear Colleagues:

… As a founding member of the LGBT Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, I was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to be the first Secretary in the department’s history to publicly recognize Pride Month. I am very proud of that.

It appears, however, that some members of the Labor Department team have a different view, as it has come to my attention that most of the posters have been continually defaced or removed. On several occasions, even the poster frames have been torn completely off the elevator walls.

My reaction to this news has ranged from disappointment to outrage.

I do not believe these actions represent the majority of our employees, so I refuse to let this situation define us. But I do want to make myself absolutely clear: Respect for others is non-negotiable at the U.S. Department of Labor….

The posters will stay up until the end of the month, and will be replaced immediately if they are removed or destroyed. This is a small way to remind everyone here how I, and most of our colleagues, feel about this issue….

Hilda L. Solis

U.S. Secretary of Labor

Source: Think Progress; HT: Lisa Duggan


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