The Environmental Protection Agency is entering its second phase of a data project to collect information on the sexual orientation of its employees.
The Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) pilot program allows EPA employees to voluntarily disclose their gender identity and sexual orientation, information that the agency says is “crucial” to an “inclusive” workplace.
After first focusing on employees in Midwestern states, the EPA is now opening up the database to all employees so they can answer questions about their sexual preferences and gender, specifying whether they are “male, female, a blend of both, or neither.” All employees will be able to answer the questions early next month.
“Sexual orientation is ‘an inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people,’” the EPA told employees on its agency-wide intranet. The Washington Free Beacon obtained copies of pages from the intranet about the program.
“Gender identity is ‘[o]ne’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither—how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves,’” the EPA said.