(CNSNews.com) – For the first time in its history, the Central Intelligence Agency is actively seeking recruits from a new demographic – the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.
Last week, the agency held a “networking” party in Miami, sponsored by the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the CIA, according to a National Public Radio report aired on Dec. 2.
"This is the first time we've done a networking event of this type with any of the gay and lesbian chamber of commerces in the United States," Michael Barber, the program manager for the CIA’s LGBT Community Outreach and Liaison, said in the report.
Barber also told NPR that the CIA already has LGBT employees who are “serving overseas with their partners.”
A press release posted on the CIA website on Nov. 8 announced the first-ever sponsorship by the agency of a LGBT conference.
“For the first time in its history, the CIA served as a corporate sponsor of the oSTEM – Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – recent national conference in Chicago, and led discussions in the Intelligence Careers conference track,” the release states. “The CIA participated in the event as part of its nationwide outreach to diverse communities with mission critical talent.”
Susan M. Gordon, CIA’s director of support, spoke to the 100 students in attendance at the conference, according to the press release.
“I employ your peers at every level in my organization, including senior management,” Gordon said. “And I know that sexual orientation and gender identity have absolutely no relation to one’s ability to do the job.
“When you blend LGBT and STEM, you get innovation, different perspectives, connections between complex ideas, and applications that drive bottom-line business results,” Gordon said.