Justice Department Launches LGBT 'Special Emphasis Program'

The United States Department of Justice has launched a "Special Emphasis Program" to recruit and provide professional development to gay and transgender employees according to an internal memo obtained by PJ Media. The institutionalization of the Special Emphasis Program will ensure an "annual LGBT special observance event in June, outreach and awareness events, and professional development seminars (for LGBT employees)." Apparently the sequester was no obstacle to implementing this program.

Some of this is a reaction to Attorney General John Ashcroft's unwillingness to provide special benefits to Justice Department employees simply because of their sexual orientation. The "Special Emphasis Program" described in the memo will make it all but impossible for the next Republican attorney general to eliminate the program. The creation of bureaucratic inertia through the program described in the memo makes it extremely difficult to undo the program.