Breaking the ice: Opening channels that enable transgender members to serve

Just as we have been breaking ice for years, the Coast Guard is also helping to break barriers in diversity and inclusion. The Coast Guard celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) pride month in June and one key part of this was highlighting the strides we are making in diversity. This is the first year that the Coast Guard was able to celebrate the “T” in LGBT for our military members.


Stronger together: Building a better Coast Guard through diversity and inclusion

For many people, June means summer break, barbecues, warmer weather and longer days. All are reasons to celebrate, of course. For others, there’s another reason to celebrate … and to reflect. The LGBT community has so many reasons to celebrate this month. So when you see the rainbow flags waving in the wind, remember those who paved the way toward equality because we are indeed stronger together.


General Messages Weekly Round-up

Awards and award solicitations, scholarships, policy updates, the Commandant released Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy Statements and more in this edition of the general message weekly round-up!


Coast Guard opens dialogue with LGBT servicemembers

Despite the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in 2011, and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013, total equality for the LGBT community is still a work in progress. One of the ways the Coast Guard is helping its LGBT members is by creating an open dialogue.