U.S. spy agencies will publicly celebrate their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and encourage new LGBT recruits at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas next week, the office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) said on Friday.
In a presentation titled "America's LGBT Spies: Secret Agents of Change," three serving intelligence officers will describe their own experiences as publicly gay individuals working for agencies once known for clannishness, paranoia and bigotry.
While individual spy agencies have sometimes made presentations or statements publicly welcoming gay employees, next week's presentation will be the first time . . .