Best Practices and Resources for GLIFAA Post Representatives
The following is an updated list of Best Practices and Resources compiled by GLIFAA in order to help GLIFAA Post Representatives succeed in their roles at post. We encourage GLIFAA Post Representatives to learn from these best practices and utilize these resources when serving in their role at post, but we also understand that each post is different. GLIFAA Post Representatives are encouraged to operate independently and creatively, and often take on exciting projects when opportunities and personal interest allow.
The following are best practices and tips for success from past and present GLIFAA Post Representatives. If you would like to add to this list, please send us an email at PostRepsCoordinator@GLIFAA.org
- Ensure that you are listed in the Embassy Directory and on the GLIFAA web page. You never know when someone may need your help as a resource, from colleagues with children who may come out, to GLIFAA visitors wanting tips on going out, to officers considering bidding on a post. GLIFAA Post Reps can provide real assistance to our greater Foreign Service community.
- Include points of interest in your CLO newsletter. Did the embassy create an “It Gets Better” video? Is International Coming Out Day around the corner? Is the embassy organizing a contingent to participate in the pride parade? These are all great things to include in the CLO newsletter to educate and inform the greater community, and demonstrate that LGBT foreign affairs professionals are a part of that team. Also, always be sure to include a link to GLIFAA’s website (www.glifaa.org) as reference.
- Offer to assist other sections on LGBT outreach. You may already know the individuals and activists that our colleagues in the Political, PD, Econ, USAID, and other sections are looking to contact. Encourage relevant personnel to invite these groups to embassy meetings so they can become familiar with LGBT issues in the country, and encourage activists to invite embassy personnel to their events as well.
- Apply for a grant from the GLIFAA Fund. The GLIFAA Fund can provide up to $500 a year to the Post Rep at post to support activities on the ground. Some ideas which may merit support include a GLIFAA Post Rep-hosted event, a specific LGBT-focused event, publication, or other program being run by a local NGO or other organization which supports the human rights of LGBT individuals.
- Support the LGBT community at post and within the diplomatic community where you are. You can have regular gatherings, formal and informal. You can bring people together - LGBT and otherwise - to support one another and lend their skills to the LGBT policy efforts at post. There is so much that we can do together. Take the reins and make it happen at your post!
- Raise visibility on key days. During the year, we celebrate a number of events in the LGBT calendar: Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, LGBT Pride Month, World AIDS Day, and others. If there is short notice you could include in your Post’s newsletter or management notice.
The following resources may be useful to GLIFAA Post Representatives. Please note that some links require intranet access, so you may need to access them via OpenNet.
U.S. Department of State LGBT Diplopedia page
U.S. Department of State SharePoint site on LGBT issues
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) global LGBT Toolkit
-Included here is a specific LGBT Toolkit for each regional Bureau
Council for Global Equality’s website
If you have issues accessing any of these resources, or know of any resources not listed here but think they may be helpful, please send us an email at PostRepsCooridnator@GLIFAA.org