CIA Recruiting Within “LGBT” Community for Spy Agency Staffing
Apparently the Central Intelligence Agency is looking for a new style of agent. According to a National Public Radio report, as “part of the CIA's efforts to diversify its workforce, the spy agency is reaching out to a group that once was unable to get security clearance — lesbians and gay men.”
In late November the CIA partnered with Florida's Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for an event to network with homosexuals who may be interested in working for the agency. “This is the first time we've done a networking event of this type with any of the gay and lesbian chamber of commerces in the United States,” said Michael Barber, the CIA's LGBT Community Outreach and Liaison program manager. Barber, who made it clear that he is “straight,” emphasized that his agency is not as picky as it once was about whom it recruits, and now welcomes lesbian, gay, straight, and even transgender (LGBT) individuals for service in the spy agency.