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LGBTI business states Massachusetts
Massachusetts ranked the number one state for LGBTI-inclusive businesses

Massachusetts ranks ahead of California and New York as the state with the best LGBTI-inclusive business climate in the US

Michigan governor Rick Snyder in 2016 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Michigan governor signs LGBTI workplace protection directive before leaving office

Rick Synder signed a directive banning LGBTI discrimination via state contracts just four days before the end of his tenure as governor

Leslie Hall, Associate Director of HRC’s HBCU Program
New alumni network launched for LGBTQ people from HBCU

The groundbreaking network is for those who attended historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the US

Ivanka Trump is the only daughter of Donald Trump and first wife Ivana.
Ivanka Trump admits her father’s family leave plan does not include gay dads

‘The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers’

The Panasonic stand at the CES2016 show in Las Vegas in January
Panasonic grapples with its LGBTI policy ahead of 1 April kickoff

Not all of Panasonic’s offices are adapting well to its policy shift to accommodate requirements of same-sex couples

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Why your company needs to get its sexual orientation and trans policies in order

In the US, transgender and sexual orientation anti-discrimination protections may not yet be the law of the land, but your organization’s policies had better include them, says John S. Lord Jnr, a lawyer with Foley and Lardner LLP

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Get managers to actually say the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ to combat workplace prejudice

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion

Workplace Pride: How does your company measure up?

The submission survey for this year’s Workplace Pride Global Benchmark – which evaluates organization’s on their gay-friendly credentials – is now available to complete online

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Transgender rights in the workplace: Ensuring your company gets it right

Hannah Sweiss of law firm Lewitt Hackman explores measures that companies should take to ensure they are protecting their transgender employees from harassment and discrimination

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Tackling ‘unconscious bias’ in your workplace

We all carry a level of unconscious bias and assumptions about others. This can impact on business performance – particularly so when recruiting, hiring and promoting staff. But what’s the best way to address it?

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How to set up an LGBT employee resource group or network

Are you wanting to start an LGBTI network group at work but are unsure how to start? Read some advice from people involved with such groups

Michael Sinkinson
The business case for diversity

Diverse teams mean more ideas, more innovation, and better problem-solving, says Michael Sinkinson, Assistant Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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New Zealand sets new standard for LGBTI inclusion in the workplace

The guidance sets out criteria that all businesses should consider when tackling workplace diversity and inclusion

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Big business lobbies US Supreme Court to back same-sex marriage

A total of 379 businesses – many of which are household names – signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to rule in favour of allowing same-sex marriage across all states in the US

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‘Equality is Our Business’ says Human Rights Campaign in Nebraska and Arkansas

HRC Nebraska and HRC Arkansas have announced details of their ‘Equality is Our Business’ programs

Tris Reid-Smith
Why 420 million people need us to talk business

366 companies embrace gay issues, so just 99,999,634 to go

The launch of the GLEN Workplace Equality Index
Ireland LGBT group launch the country’s first Workplace Equality Index

The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLEN) say that its has had a promising response to its call out for submissions. It will announce Ireland’s first Workplace Equality Ranking in the autumn

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New Zealand bank rolls out GAYTMs

Rhinestone-covered cash machines print ‘out and proud’ on receipts

Selfridges goes gender neutral

UK department store will no longer have men’s and women’s sections

And the top 100 pro-gay employers in the UK are…

All three armed forces, plus MI5, made it into the 2015 list – but who is number one?

New California law gives LGBT-owned businesses a boost

The first-of-its-kind law in California will require big public utilities companies in the state to report how much work they do with LGBT business owners as they do with other specific groups

Investors worth billions demand US firms make gay policies global

Letter asking about LGBTI workers rights sent to American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Starbucks and 65 more

Hong Kong launches Asia’s first gay workplace inclusion index

More than 70 per cent of the city’s LGBTI employees are not out at work

Dutch human rights ambassador appeals to firms: Let’s unite for global LGBTI rights

Kees van Baar, human rights ambassador for the Netherlands, wants to work with corporates to improve life for LGBTIs around world

Burger King's Pride Whopper
Burger King to start selling gay burgers

Fast food giant has revealed the Proud Whopper, a burger with a very special message for Gay Pride

Beth Brooke on how corporates can lead on global gay rights

We talk to Ernst & Young’s Beth Brooke, one of the world’s 100 most powerful women, about her role as an advocate for LGBT and women’s diversity