# # # Press Release # # #June 8, 2012
DHS Pride Celebrates June Pride Month, DHS Sec. NapolitanoHonored with Award for Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Pride (“DHS Pride”)honored DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano with its Award for Service on June 7
. TheDHS-recognized employee association commemorated LGBT Pride Month at a PrideCeremony featuring Sec. Napolitano and other DHS leadership, and an accomplishedguest speaker, Amanda Simpson.In the DHS Pride Award for Service’s inaugural year, DHS Pride honors DHS SecretaryJanet Napolitano based upon her many years of dedicated public service, herunwavering support of DHS personnel, her intense support of a DHS based on unity andinclusion and her support of DHS policies and protections for LGBT personnel. Whenreceiving the award, the Secretary spoke about the large number of LGBT leaders inDHS, as well as specific accomplishments that many of the components have put forthto advance LGBT equality.“We need to recruit and retain the best people from across the country to fill our jobs,and that means leaving no pool of talent untapped,” the secretary said.Amanda Simpson, Special Assistant to the Army Acquisition Executive in the Departmentof Defense and the first open transwoman political appointee in the U.S. government,delivered the keynote address. Simpson discussed how there are many written rules insociety, but the strongest rules are the ones that are not talked about.“Attempting to go against these rules is really quite difficult,” Simpson said. “While wewrite and enforce rules that are written, we need to look at those that are not written.”She drew on this theme, and encouraged the audience to seek out diverse thinkers,diverse viewpoints, and diverse influences to ensure that the audience’s work did notbecome untested or stuck in a rut.