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February 27, 2015

The definitive listing of LGBTI-friendly employees in the US

Launched in 2002 by the Human Rights Campaign [HRC], this annually-produced US Index is an invaluable guide to those employers who embrace diversity and inclusion as part of their working ethos, and which have taken steps to welcome and champion their LGBT staff.

Businesses that score 100 percent are recognized in the Index’s ‘Best Places to Work’ list, while consumer-oriented businesses are included in the ‘Buying for Equality’ guide.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 27, 2015

UK companies ranked on their diversity and inclusion credentials

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index sets out to find the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.

Campaigning charity Stonewall believes that people perform better when they can be themselves – a motto that guides much of the work that it carries out with businesses through its Diversity Champions Program.

Its annual Workplace Equality Index is an extension of this, pushing businesses to measure the efforts they are taking to tackle discrimination.

February 26, 2015

'Can they marry one of the same sex and one of the opposite sex?'

Alabama's Chief Justice has suggested that bisexual and transgender people want to marry two different partners. 

In an interview with Associated Press on Monday, Moore claimed that if the Supreme Court vote to legalize gay marriage nationwide, it will open up the door for bisexual and transgender people to marry two different partners, one male and one female. 

'You're taking any definition of a family away,' said Moore. 

February 26, 2015

Now working for World Bank as a Senior Country Officer for Maghreb, Houdart reflects on coming out at work and the journey that business has undertaken in respect to LGBTI workplace equality

In 2001, when I was 23 years old, I started my career at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

At the time I was in the process of coming out to my parents and friends. My father warned me that being gay would irrevocably hurt my career prospects, which fed my existing insecurities.

I was terrified that my colleagues and clients, who came from diverse cultural backgrounds and were often deeply religious, would discover the truth and take a dim view of me.

February 26, 2015

A Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development in a healthcare organization, Glover came out when named Employee of the Year at an awards dinner

During my twenties I was keen to keep my sexuality hidden from colleagues at work.

At the time I was a junior manager within a multi-national company. Like many LGBT employees, I was not completely secure in shouting about my identity.

I always anticipated the company Christmas party with a mixture of fear and dread. I think there are a huge range of invisible 'give-away' signals that can stir the ‘Is he gay?’ gossip mill.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

The writer and editor recalls being fired after informing her boss that she was transitioning… and how she successfully fought the decision

In my life, there have been two memorable days labeled Tuesday, October 16. For the first, I was a naval officer on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to Pearl Harbor. When crossing the International Date Line from west to east, a day has to be repeated. Aboard our ship, that Tuesday lasted for 48 hours.

February 25, 2015

The author and educator has seen tremendous changes in society and the workplace since he was fired for being gay in 1974

In the 40 years that I have been educating others, including corporate senior officers around the globe, on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the workplace.

In the early days of my work, individual audience members would linger after the presentation to whisper to me that they were gay, or that their child was, and they would ask if they might stay in touch with me.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 25, 2015

A judge has refused to grant the adoption until the Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage

The lesbian couple whose lawsuit overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage law have had an adoption petition refused by a probate judge. 

Kim McKeand and Cari Searcy, who have been together for 16 years, were responsible for filing the lawsuit that lead to U.S District Judge Callie Granade to rule Alabama's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional last month (23 January). 

February 25, 2015

Mona Iraqi is charged with defamation and spreading false news

An Egyptian TV journalist will face trial for defamation and spreading false news after she orchestrated a raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo.

Mona Iraqi tipped off police before entering 'the den of male sex' on the night of 7 December.

Iraqi filmed as 33 men were arrested and paraded naked out of the bathhouse. The footage was then broadcast on al-Qahira wal Nas news and made international headlines.

February 25, 2015

Tambe, an operations researcher in the aerospace and defense industry, talks about being a straight ally - and how it has given her a greater appreciate of the issues that many LGBT people face in the workplace

My role as a straight ally at the aerospace and defense firm where I worked started out fairly straightforward.

Since I supported an inclusive workspace, I figured attending periodic meetings and helping out at events every once in a while was, in some small way, helping my company become a better place to work.

What I didn’t realize then was that my journey as an ally was going to be less about what I could do for the LGBT community, and much more about what they were going to do for me.

February 25, 2015

Now retired, the former Vice President with JPMorgan Chase recalls coming out to his staff

I started working at The First National Bank of Chicago in December 1979. I'd been out since 1974, living in the suburbs and working as a counselor. I saw moving to and working in Chicago as steps toward living more openly around people like me.

In the early 70s, I'd worked at a bank and understood the business and culture. Banks thought of themselves as ‘families’—trusted institutions that treated employees with respect and ensured they had a long and secure future. Getting back into banking was like reconnecting with an old friend.

February 25, 2015

Now a Member of the Maine House of Representatives, Chenette reflects on campaigning as an openly gay candidate

Choosing whether to come out and when to do so is a very personal decision. So many factors come into play.

For those past school age, how your employer might take it can weigh heavily on you. In my case, it was the voters in my legislative district.

At 20 years old, I decided to run for election for the Maine House of Representatives. I was still in college and openly gay. Well, open to my friends and my immediate family. It was never something I really had to think about. I never had an actual ‘coming out’. Most people who meet me just assume that I’m gay.

February 25, 2015

Director, Capital Management - Finance

"When looking for a job, be aware of the company’s values and culture"

I want to preface this by saying to everyone: it does get better. The journey can be a challenge at times, but through it all you will be stronger. If you are unsure of how people will react, first tell the people who you know love you unconditionally. The people you want in your life are the people who will love you no matter what. There are lots of those people out there…keep those ones in your life.

February 25, 2015

'No matter who you love, you will receive the same rights and protections as everyone else'

The Obama administration has redefined the term 'spouse' to include married gay couples.

The plans, which have been published today by The Department of Labour in a new 52-page document, will grant gay couples the Federal right to job-protected leave from their place of work, so they can take care of a sick partner, child or parent under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave act (FMLA).

February 25, 2015

The Head of Government Affairs for the professional business services firm, ARUP, on why he decided to set up a company LGBT network

‘You’re about to move from Westminster to the private sector, you might want to think about holding back a bit, you know...with your personal life.’

Such was the parting advice of a Government Minister with whom I had worked for a number of years, shouted loudly in my ear over the music of my leaving party.

February 25, 2015

Reporting analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Banking

"Have faith in those around you"

I’ve been at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for nine years, but my “whole self” has been at work for less than a third of this time.

February 24, 2015

Sprich works in the oil and gas industry as a systems advisor for BP. Here he talks about the differences in work culture regarding LGBTI issues between Germany and the UK

In July I had the opportunity to meet Lord Browne at the BP headquarters, where he was talking about his book, The Glass Closet.

Following the talk, I read his interview with a German newspaper in which he said that German businesses fail to integrate LGBT employees. As a German who has lived in the UK for four years now, I would like to share my experience.

February 24, 2015

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations kept records on pastor Fred Phelps over four decades but ultimately dismissed him as a time wasting attention seeker who deliberately sought to provoke death threats against himself

The founder of one of the most extreme homophobic religious groups in the United States was the subject of a series of investigations by the FBI, new documents have revealed.

US website The Daily Caller obtained the FBI’s files on Westboro Baptist Church founder Pastor Fred Phelps via a freedom of information request – the earliest of which dates from 1967 when Phelps was working as a civil rights lawyer.

February 24, 2015

Chhattisgarh will also pay for sex reassignment surgery

In a first for India, Chhattisgarh state has set aside a 2% housing quota for its estimated 3,000 transgender residents.

The move comes nearly a year after the Supreme Court recognized transgender citizens as third gender. In its ruling, the apex court directed governments to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs, education and basic amenities in line with other minorities.

AK Saxena, additional commissioner at the Chhattisgarh housing board, said from now on transgender residents would have the quota in all government housing schemes.

February 24, 2015

Smithies, a marine electronics engineer in the fishing industry, will never forget having to tell her boss about her transition

I work as a marine electronics engineer based in Peterhead.

I travel all around the UK installing and repairing satellite TV and Internet systems, radars and autopilots on everything from yachts and fishing vessels to oil standby boats and jack-up rigs.

I mainly work on fishing vessels in Peterhead. I work alongside the guys that starred in the TV series, Trawlermen, and the recent ITV program, Trawlermen’s Lives, which should give you a clue of how male dominated the environment is.

February 24, 2015

Johnstone, an NHS Leadership & Talent Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of role models, and encouraging people to be themselves at work

The National Health Service is the UK's largest employer, and perhaps its most diverse and dynamic. The Commonwealth Fund recently named it the world’s most efficient healthcare system.

Not only do we have a huge duty of care for our staff, but also for the tens of millions of people that we care for across England.