ATF Hosts 1st Gay Pride Observance

ATF Hosts 1st Gay Pride Observance
Congressman Barney Frank to Deliver Remarks.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Washington, DC –-( The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today sponsored its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month program at its headquarters, with Acting Director Kenneth Melson providing remarks and Rep. Barney Frank serving as the keynote speaker.

The celebration was in recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to ATF and the nation, and to promote awareness of the LGBT culture.

“ATF works to ensure sexual orientation discrimination and prejudice are not tolerated in our workplace,” said Melson.

“ATF is an equal employment opportunity environment where effective and equitable participation is encouraged. We are grateful that the Honorable Rep. Frank could share his experiences with our workforce as we celebrate diversity today.”

Frank spoke about his experiences serving as an openly gay congressman for the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts.

ATF created its LGBT affinity group called “ATF Pride” with the primary goal of ensuring equal employment opportunity and enhancing development opportunities for LGBT employees at the agency.

For more information on ATF and its programs go to

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Makes sense to me. Once you've got your core mission taken care of you can work on ancillary issues. Of course, since the core mission is apparently done we can now shut the whole bureau down and turn the ancillary issue over to someone else. I'm guessing, however, that they'll miss this whole if x than y thing.

Ted Law

AmmoLand,,, Really you have got to be kidding me with this? The ATF needs to be dismantled ASAP.


Yeah Ted, this it real, straight from ATF headquarters, don't kill the messengers..