Cost to business of staying in the closet

Cost to business of staying in the closet

Failing to be inclusive of employees of different sexual orientation can have disastrous effects on staff morale and productivity, according to a new survey. 

More than 80% of those polled in a study of 200 senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business figures by LGBT network OUTstanding said that being unable to be themselves at work damages people’s confidence and isolates them from workmates. 

Of those surveyed, 85% said that gay employees who stay in the closet waste valuable energy pretending to be someone they’re not, while 86% said that the fear of being outed to colleagues makes them anxious.  Read more »

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Location

SkySong
1365 N. Scottsdale Road Build 3
Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale’s Human Relations Commission hosts its third Civil Dialogue Series from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at SkySong, 1365 N. Scottsdale Road, building 3. Business leaders will share their perspectives and discuss organizational challenges as it relates to diversity and inclusionary practices.

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Your God and My Dignity

Your God and My Dignity

I’VE been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label:

A threat to your religious liberty.

I don’t mean me alone. I mean me and my evidently menacing kind: men who have romantic relationships with other men and maybe want to marry them, and women in analogous situations. According to many of the Americans who still cast judgment on us, our “I do” somehow tramples you, not merely running counter to your creed but running roughshod over it. Read more »

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Mom's pie? It's no big deal

Mom's pie? It's no big deal

The strangest sermon I ever heard was about your mother's apple pie. The preacher said there was nothing special about it. I kept waiting for him to get to the punchline and say it's the love that makes it taste so good.

But he never got there. His premise – from start to finish – was that the specialness of Mom's pie is entirely an illusion.

My reaction was to go home, bake an apple pie and dare my family to suggest it wasn't the best one they'd ever eaten. They did, in fact, swoon over the pie. They know what's good for them.

The illusion of pie exceptionalism has a practical application to Arizona politics. Read more »

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Approximately 119,000 LGBT Workers in Arizona Lack Statewide Protections against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

LOS ANGELES — Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.  Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws. Read more »

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Marriage Equality Is a National Issue, And So the Time Has Come for Our National Court to Address It

The Supreme Court has been reluctant to jump into the question of same-sex marriage, preferring to let the issue percolate through state-by-state litigation in the lower federal courts.  But the time has come for the justices to come out of hiding.  The denial of marriage equality is a national problem, not a state-level problem, and it requires a national resolution that only our nation’s constitutional court can provide. Read more »

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2015 will be the year brands take a public stand on social issues

2015 will be the year brands take a public stand on social issues

2015 will be the year of the pro-social brand.

Pro-social brands are the next step for companies looking to morally engage with consumers. Driven by marketers who are moving beyond claims of sustainability and into strong stands on relevant social issues, this trend picked up momentum in 2014. It will be positively explosive in 2015.

So what’s the difference between sustainable and pro-social brands? Read more »

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Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups

Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups

Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories.

In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. However, Republicans will control both chambers in the new Congress, and there is no sign that GOP leaders will help the bills advance. Read more »

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