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Labor secretary denounces gay pride poster vandals

Labor secretary denounces gay pride poster vandals

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is denouncing vandals who defaced many gay pride posters installed at the agency's Washington headquarters.
Solis, the first secretary in the department's history to recognize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, sent an agency-wide e-mail last Friday saying she would not tolerate anti-gay misconduct.
"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," Solis said. "On several occasions, even the poster frames have been torn completely off the elevator walls."
The posters first went up at the agency's headquarters on June 1. Solis said they will stay up until the end of the month and would be replaced immediately if they are removed or destroyed.
"I do not believe these actions represent the majority of our employees, so I refuse to let this situation define us," Solis said. "But I do want to make myself absolutely clear: Respect for others is nonnegotiable at the U.S. Department of Labor."
A department spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the status of the investigation into the vandalism.
The agency enforces fair and safe work places around the country, Solis noted, adding that every Labor Department employee should be committed to "working with all employers and employees, no matter their race, color, religion or sexual orientation."
The incidents came to light as President Barack Obama prepared to host a White House reception Monday night to commemorate gay pride month.


Updated : 2021-03-06 21:37 GMT+08:00