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LGBT Youth Spend A Day at the White House

Post submitted by Brandon Karkovice, HRC Gala Events intern

Last week, HRC interns were among those visiting the White House for a Career Pathways Briefing for LGBT College Students.

Director of the Office of Personal Management John Berry, who is gay, opened the seminar with an inspirational keynote speech on the history of the LGBT movement and his personal journey as the highest-ranking LGBT official in the federal government.

The Career Pathways and Perspectives panel discussion featured representatives from different departments and agencies in the federal government, including speakers from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Education, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services.

Panelists discussed their struggles and the passion that motivates them to dedicate their lives to the U.S. government.  The panel encouraged college students to apply for Presidential Management Fellows program, where students who are interested in management, business, legal opportunities, commissions, or the Obama administration in general, can gain valuable experience and a potential pathway to federal government jobs.

Overall, the entire day was an encouraging effort to reinforce the important fact that every voice does count – regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity; and that one person really can make a difference.

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