Pride Week Surprises

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Local Pride Week festivities kick off Saturday, June 19, and the Weekly celebrates the occasion with its fourth quarterly Pride issue, out this week.

If you thought the House vote in late May to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was a nice pre-Pride Month surprise, here are a couple of other surprises from Uncle Sam and his crazy comrades:

According to the State Department, “Beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender.” Applicants can also obtain “a limited-validity passport” if the physician’s statement shows they are in the process of transitioning to a new gender. No additional medical records are required, and gender-reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance.

Don't forget to add this to your Pride Week calendar:

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) components, including Border Patrol, the Office of Field Operations (OFO), the Office of Air and Marine (OAM), and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) continue to promote cultural awareness through the CBP Special Emphasis Program (SEP). SEP emphasizes the employment, development, and advancement of Hispanics, Asian-Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, Native Americans, Women, and Disabled Persons.

This month we will be celebrating Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride on June 18, 2010. The program includes speakers from Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, and a performance by Singer/Songwriter Meagan Gipson. Please join us at this event to celebrate cultural diversity.

Event: Special Emphasis Program
Participants: Border Patrol, OFO, OAM, OIT, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Date: Friday, June 18, 2010
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Holiday Inn
4450 S. Palo Verde Rd.
Tucson, Arizona
Point of Contact: Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office
(520) 748-3210
Please RSVP for attendance.

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