Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday touted his agency's record on gay rights at the Justice Department's LGBT Pride Month celebration.

At the event, Holder thanked “advocates, activists and attorneys” for making “meaningful, once-unimaginable progress in recent years.”

“And we come together at an exciting moment,” he told the crowd.

“Here at the Justice Department, we can all be proud of the robust efforts that are underway to combat discrimination – in all its forms – in every community, every workplace, and every school. Particularly, in recent years, the Civil Rights Division has strengthened its critical efforts to protect our nation's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals from the most brutal forms of bias-motivated violence.”

“This past April, the department issued its first-ever indictment under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act – the landmark legislation that President Obama signed into law in 2009 – for an alleged anti-gay crime in Kentucky.”

Holder also touted the recent addition of gender identity to the department's workplace non-discrimination policy.

“Just this month,” Holder added, “I am pleased to report that the Bureau of Prisons announced that every federal prison will soon appoint an LGBT representative to the Affirmative Employment Program, to help start a dialogue about critical gender-identity issues for staff serving in more than 120 facilities nationwide.”