Category: SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIVERSITY

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Why it’s still not ‘Mission Accomplished’ for LGBT workers

Award-winning journalist Matthew Todd gives his verdict on the current situation facing LGBT employees. Although it has never been easier to be Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender, a significant number of LGBT employees are still afraid to ‘come out’ at work because they fear this will lead to harassment and damage their career opportunities. Research supports this fear although figures vary between industries, with some sectors appearing to be more homophobic than others. Many colleagues are too scared to speak up against the homophobic harassment, which they witness others experience. However, there are numerous organisations such as the UK’s leading...

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GAY OR STRAIGHT, LET’S EMBRACE THE LANGUAGE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY

‘Gay marriage’ and ‘sexual preference’ are loaded phrases. There are better and more accurate alternatives Today I got out of my gay bed, kissed my gay boyfriend goodbye, went to the gym with my gay neighbour and then cycled my gay bike to my gay job. Yes, a strange sentence, but to my ear the phrase “gay marriage” sounds just as peculiar. The qualifying prefix is superfluous in every case. Yet “gay marriage” remains acceptable in the house style of many media outlets (including the Guardian). It may not be offensive, but it doesn’t quite sit right. The Australian national...

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BAYARD RUSTIN: THE GAY BLACK PACIFIST AT THE HEART OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Though he was chief strategist for King’s march, Rustin was kept in the background as some organizers considered him a liability. He died in 1987, and is sometimes forgotten in civil rights history When civil rights leaders met at the Roosevelt Hotel in Harlem in early July 1963 to hammer out the ground rules by which they would work together to organise the March on Washington there was really only one main sticking point: Bayard Rustin. Rustin, a formidable organiser and central figure in the civil rights movement, was a complex and compelling figure. Raised a Quaker, his political development would take him...

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TAKE A HARD LOOK AT RACISM, SEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

My recent experience at Dartmouth College has shown me that we are still not the society we want to be Like many universities, Dartmouth College has venerated traditions. The annual Dimensions show – a festive, student-organized musical revue performed to entice admitted, but undecided, students to come to Dartmouth – is one such tradition. Many prospective students decide to attend Dartmouth because of how much they enjoy the performance. On 19 April, a group of students calling themselves “#Realtalk” interrupted the show, protesting sexual assault, racism, and homophobia at the university. It was a real jolt for the campus community. President...

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7 THINGS NEVER TO SAY TO LGBT COWORKERS

This article is from the USA, and represent the views of American organisations and people. However, those views are very relevant for the UK too. For most, ‘coming out’ at work is not an easy task. You can’t be sure how your company or peers will respond to your revelation. And despite recent reports that the workplace is growing increasingly accepting to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) LGBT employees, people often don’t know how to welcome a colleague who recently ‘came out of the closet’. PricewaterhouseCoopers executive Stephanie Peel’s history is a corporate America coming-out success story. When she came out professionally...

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STONEWALL TOP 100 GAY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYERS

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2012, the definitive list of Britain’s most gay-friendly workplaces was announced on the 11th January 2012. The rankings showcase the achievements of employers submitting to the Workplace Equality Index. “To say we are thrilled and proud to be named Stonewall’s Employer of the Year 2012 is truly an understatement. We believe that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness is not only important for our people, but is also a business imperative in what is an increasingly competitive and interconnected world.” Liz Bingham Managing Partner for People UK & Ireland Ernst & Young The following...

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COMING OUT AT WORK: ‘I’M GAY, AND YOU DON’T GET TO USE THAT LANGUAGE HERE’

David Hudson talks to chief information officer at Barclays, Anthony Watson, about his career in banking and being openly gay in the world of business Anthony Watson, the 36-year-old managing director and chief information officer for Barclays’ Europe retail and business banking arm, doesn’t believe it’s for him to advise anyone else whether they should come out or not with regards to their sexuality, yet he gives the most persuasive and matter-of-fact answer when talking of his own experiences. “I’m far more happy in my personal and professional life out than I ever was in the closet,” he said. “The...

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LIVERPOOL RECOGNISES LGBT COMMUNITY WITH STREET SIGNS

NEW street signs are up in Liverpool’s Stanley Street Quarter to show that it is the city’s officially recognised gay village. It is the UK’s first city to recognise its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) scene in this way. Signs, which incorporate a rainbow arch to recognise the LGBT community, are up on Stanley Street, Cumberland Street, Temple Lane, Eberle Street and Temple Street. The rainbow motif is a symbol of LGBT pride and LGBT social movements that has been in use since the 1970s. The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the rainbow is often...

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GAY BLOOD DONATIONS BAN LIKELY TO BE LIFTED

The lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men is expected to be lifted in the UK. The restrictions were put in place in the 1980s to prevent the risk of HIV contamination. However, the latest medical evidence presented to a government panel argued that such a ban could no longer be justified. Several countries have relaxed the rules, basing them on the time since the last homosexual encounter. The National Blood Service screens all donations for HIV and other infections. However, there is a “window period” after infection during which it is impossible to detect...

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HOMOPHOBIA HATE CRIMES CLIMB IN 2010

People having sex changes are the new targets… Hate crime towards gay and transgender people is on the rise across Britain, with thousands of people suffering abuse for their sexuality every year. Crimes against transgender people went up by 14 per cent during 2010 and, in some cities, attacks motivated by sexual prejudice are up by as much as 170 per cent annually. The rise in homophobic crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland went from 4,805 offences in 2009 to 4,883 in 2010. Campaigners say the figures are just the “tip of the iceberg” as research suggests three out...