About HUD FedQ
We are HUD employees who share a common goal of fostering an environment where employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a safe and inclusive environment, free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. When people feel comfortable bringing their whole self to work, studies show that this results in a more loyal and productive workforce. One of our goals is to further increase awareness of issues that are both specific to and generally applicable to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) employees in the HUD workplace. We also aim to bring awareness to issues that the LGBTQ community face that overlap with the mission of HUD. We are a recognized HUD Affinity Group with representation on HUD’s Diversity Council. We are an official chapter of FedQ, a nationwide employee resource group, lawful nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization. We are the HUD Affinity Group formerly known as HUD-GLOBE. We welcome the participation and support of all HUD employees, whether LGBTQ individuals or their allies.
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HUD FedQ’s Goals
- Ensure that all federal personnel, and the public served by the federal government, are provided with equal access to services and benefits without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Advocate for personnel policies and practices that encourage diversity including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Improve the workplace environment for employees of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Promote zero-tolerance of discrimination.
- Advocate for non-discrimination policies and practices in all of HUD programs.
- Provide or participate in training events designed and developed for the LGBTQ community, and share best practices and lessons learned with members, and others at HUD.
- Provide education and training related to LGBTQ Cultural Competencies, and issues faced by LGBTQ individuals in the workplace.
- Engage in valuable consultations with senior management and other leadership at HUD to share the concerns of HUD’s LGBTQ employees.
- Assist our allies in their efforts to make the workplace a positive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ individuals.
- Partner with other individuals and offices within HUD, to achieve these purposes, as appropriate, and to do all things necessary and proper to accomplish the above purposes without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, race, color, veteran status, religion, disability, national origin, parental or marital status, appearance, political affiliation, age, or genetic information.
Benefits of HUD FedQ Participation
- Meet exciting people outside your office and expand your network, including building relationships with Senior leaders.
- Support colleagues, family members, and friends who are LGBTQ.
- Have a sense of community at HUD and know that you are not alone.
- Help maintain a safe, supportive work environment for LGBTQ employees at HUD, enhancing employee loyalty and productivity.
- Promote awareness, education, support and understanding of LGBTQ issues facing HUD employees.
- Help to ensure that HUD programs and policy address issues affecting LGBTQ HUD employees and recipients.
- Learn to build partnerships in planning events that include all the appropriate groups within the HUD environment and LGBTQ communities.
- Be informed of changes in federal legislation or policies that affect 'us.'
How to Join
- Send your name and home or work email address to firstname.lastname@example.org or join our TEAMS Channel, and we will add you to our email list.
- Connect with us on HUDConnect (Yammer)
- Meetings and events are held approximately every 4-6 weeks – come join us!
- Note: While it is HUD FedQ’s intent to keep membership confidential, members should be aware that confidentiality cannot be ensured.
- Reviewing HUD policies that affect LGBTQ issues.
- Hosting June Pride Month celebrations, as well as panel discussions and trainings on LGBTQ issues.
- Participating in interagency LGBTQ organizations such as Pride in Federal Service, the umbrella group for all LGBTQ employee groups in the federal government.
- Gathering for potlucks, happy hours, and holiday parties.