Can the National Park Service attend LGBTQ Pride events?
Is it okay for the National Park Service to participate in Pride festivals and parades for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities? Can employees represent the NPS at these events in uniform? The answer to these questions is yes!
The LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group has updated the OUTsiders Guide to NPS Participation in Pride Outreach Events with frequently asked questions (FAQs), social media policies, uniform guidance, and information for successfully planning for and attending Pride events.
The OUTsiders Guide also includes an Advisory Opinion from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel that attending these events does not violate the Hatch Act.
If your park or office unit wants to attend a Pride event, start here with the 2022 OUTsiders Guide! The LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group also invites you to contact them for help by emailing LGBTQ_ERG@nps.gov.
The National Leadership Council (NLC) welcomes on-duty NPS employees to participate in civic events such as PrideFest Parades or others in their area, with supervisory approval and arrangements made regarding work schedules. The NPS LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group welcomes participation in any capacity, whether on-duty or volunteer. Pride-related events are a way of building trust within the LGBTQ community. Pride events enable NPS personnel to improve dialogue and relationships with community members who are under-represented in park visitation and who have been historically excluded from NPS exhibits and programs. Pride events are an opportunity for NPS to develop, to share, and to include LGBTQ+ Americans’ stories.
-Statement by the NPS National Leadership Council