From Gay and Transgender Issues in the Workplace

The FBI and Gay Issues

By Brian McNaught


     The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had, as of the first of the year, 31,676 employees of which nearly 13,000 are special agents. Several years ago, my friend Mary Lee Tatum told me that she was at a Washington D.C. dinner party at which an FBI agent stated with full conviction to a room full of politicians and other capitol insiders that there were no homosexuals in the FBI. “Everyone at the table laughed,” she said.

     During the 48 years in which J. Edgar Hoover was the director of the FBI, there were probably no openly gay or transgender people in the organization. But today, there are, of course, out and proud gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people who work for the agency, as well as many, many men and women who are our strong allies there. One such outspoken ally is the cherished big brother of a dear lesbian friend, Kim Cromwell….

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