How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

The first thing to acknowledge about diversity is that it can be difficult. In the U.S., where the dialogue of inclusion is relatively advanced, even the mention of the word “diversity” can lead to anxiety and conflict. Supreme Court justices disagree on the virtues of diversity and the means for achieving it. Corporations spend billions of dollars to attract and manage diversity both internally and externally, yet they still face discrimination lawsuits, and the leadership ranks of the business world remain predominantly white and male. Read more »

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500 mayors sign on to marriage equality

500 mayors sign on to marriage equality

The list of mayors who have signed on to  Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, grew to 500 as Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina joined the list. Two Utah mayors — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Park City Mayor Jack Thomas — joined the list earlier this year.

Last September, Freedom to Marry launched the list in the hopes that encouraging 500 mayors in states across the country to sign on to Mayors for the Freedom to Marry. Mayors for the Freedom to Marry was launched in 2012, and the robust bipartisan coalition now includes mayors from 45 states who are making the case for marriage in their cities.

Here is the statement they signed onto:

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry Statement Read more »

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'I'm Gay. Get Over It,' State Senator Announces During Push For LGBT Hate Crimes Bill

'I'm Gay. Get Over It,' State Senator Announces During Push For LGBT Hate Crimes Bill

A Pennsylvania press conference against LGBT hate crimes on Tuesday turned personal when a state senator announced he is gay.

"I'm gay. Get over it. I love it," Democratic Sen. Jim Ferlo said, according to audioposted by Mary Wilson of WITF broadcasting. Wilson noted in her tweets during the event that Ferlo is likely Pennsylvania's first openly gay state senator.

Ferlo, an outgoing senator who represents part of Pittsburgh, is the sponsor of a billthat would expand the state's hate crimes law to cover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The legislature's current push to amend the law was sparked by a Sept. 11 incident in which two gay men were allegedly beaten in Philadelphia. Read more »

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The Top Five Myths About LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws Debunked

The Top Five Myths About LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws Debunked

Conservatives routinely attack LGBT non-discrimination laws as unnecessary, burdensome and threatening to religious liberty. But in state after state and city after city, their horror stories haven’t come true.

Federal law still doesn’t prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in private employment, housing, or public accommodations, despite widespread public support for such protections. Read more »

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Gay donors missing history in Maine

Gay donors missing history in Maine

Michael Michaud is poised to make history: Leading Maine’s gubernatorial race six weeks before Election Day, the Democratic congressman would be the first openly gay candidate ever to become governor of a state.

Michaud, who came out as gay in a newspaper column last November, has gotten there with precious little help from the nation’s most elite LGBT donors and professional activists. Read more »

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Gay Marriage Support Could Be Leveling Off, New Pew Research Center Poll Finds

Gay Marriage Support Could Be Leveling Off, New Pew Research Center Poll Finds

Could national support for same-sex marriage be leveling off after years of being on the upswing?

The Associated Press is reporting that a newly-released survey from the Pew Research Center found a 5 percentage point drop in American support for legal recognition for same-sex relationships, from 54 percent in February to 49 percent.

The poll of 2,002 adults, which was conducted Sept. 2-9, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, according to the report. Read more »

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Mary Cheney: Backing gay rights will help GOP become majority party

Mary Cheney: Backing gay rights will help GOP become majority party

For Mary Cheney, backing gay rights isn’t just the right course of action for the Republican Party in moral terms, it’s also the path that’ll help the GOP at the polls.

The lesbian political consultant and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney made the case for Republicans to back gay rights during her keynote speech Wednesday at the National Log Cabin Republicans annual “Spirit of Lincoln” dinner in D.C.

“Simply and clearly affirming the rights and dignity of gay men and women will not make us a weaker party — it will help make us a majority party,” Mary Cheney said. “We haven’t come this far without an awful lot of confidence in the justness of our cause.” Read more »

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