2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

America’s LGBT Spies: Secret Agents (of Change)

Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St


Today, America’s Top Spy James Clapper is a self-declared LGBT ally. He leads the U.S. intelligence community, with a $60 Billion-plus budget and more than 100,000 employees. Not long ago, the IC was a vastly different place for America’s LGBT spies, most of whom were forced to stay closeted in order to keep their jobs. At SXSW meet some of the IC’s “secret agents” of change. Their personal struggles and pioneering efforts to educate colleagues, managers and senior leaders have paved the way for a culture of inclusion. As a result, the diversity of the Intelligence Community’s workforce - and the diverse thinking that produces the best intelligence - are more closely aligned than ever.

Hashtags: #sxsw #LGBTspy


Katrina Gossman

Supervisory Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Katrina is a Unit Chief in the Operational Technical Division of the FBI, detailed to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Katrina has been in the FBI for approximately 20 years wo...

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Kris Gill at SXSW

Kris Gill

Global Programs Mgr

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Kris chairs the Intelligence Community’s (IC) Transgender Working Group and has been involved with the push to drop OPM exclusions for trans healthcare, securing rights for trans military members, ...

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Rita Sampson at SXSW

Rita Sampson

Chief of IC Equal Employment Opportunity

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Rita is the Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In this role she advises the Director of National Intelligence on all mat...

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Tracey Ballard

Technical Officer

Central Intelligence Agency

Tracey was first openly gay officer at the CIA. She came out to agency management in 1988, at a time when federal law precluded openly gay Americans from receiving or holding security clearances.


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