LGBT in the media

Toad, 'Super Mario Bros' Nintendo Character, Doesn't Identify Along The Gender Binary

Toad, 'Super Mario Bros' Nintendo Character, Doesn't Identify Along The Gender Binary

Gaming giant Nintendo made a shocking announcement last week that one of its most beloved characters doesn't identify along the gender binary.

Toad, Mario's buddy in classic games like "Super Mario Bros. 2," has long been assumed to be male but was in fact intended to be genderless. During an interview discussing "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker," a new game from Nintendo, producer Koichi Hayashida revealed some surprising new info about Toad, Toadette and the gender binary. Read more »

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Arizona Technology Council Signs Unity Pledge in Support of Diversity

Arizona Technology Council Signs Unity Pledge in Support of Diversity
State’s largest trade association for technology businesses to advocate for LGBT equality in Arizona

November 25, 2013 (Phoenix AZ) – The Arizona Technology Council, the state’s largest trade association for science and technology companies and a longtime leader of the technology community, has signed the UNITY Pledge and announced it would add issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality to its lobbying platform agenda.    Read more »

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'Top 50 OUTstanding in Business List' Looks At LGBT Corporate Industry Leaders

'Top 50 OUTstanding in Business List' Looks At LGBT Corporate Industry Leaders

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professional executive network OUT-Standing In Business teamed up with The Financial Times this week to release a list of the 50 most powerful openly LGBT leaders in the corporate world.

The "Top 50 OUTstanding in Business List" compilation provides not only an interesting perspective into the role of LGBT individuals in the cutthroat business world, but also some of the most powerful and influential members of the LGBT community. Read more »

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Equal Rights for Everybody, There is No Difference.

Equal Rights for Everybody, There is No Difference.

The title of this entry, a quote from a popular rap song, shows that speaking out for gay rights is not only right; its cool. This is especially hopeful for those of us who live in conservative states like Arizona and cities like Phoenix.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are a white rapping duo that has taken the rap world by storm. They have also set many records along the way (most notably receiving six MTV video music award nominations, a record for indie artists in the history of the awards). Read more »

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LGBT Community Survey® U.S. Overview Report 7 th Annual Editon August 2013

LGBT Community Survey® U.S. Overview Report 7 th Annual Editon August 2013

CMI’s Annual LGBT Community Survey continues to be one of the most comprehensive studies available focusing on LGBT consumers. In this presentation, we report the results in a number of different ways, slicing the L G B and T in different ways depending on the question. The possibilities are endless, as CMI’s large sample enables us to deeply understand the similarities and differences within the LGBT community.

A sampling of what CMI found in the United States:

• 75 percent of LGBT people are actively boycotting Chick-fil-A. Read more »

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PetSmart is proud to sign the UNITY Pledge

PetSmart is proud to sign the UNITY Pledge

The UNITY Pledge is a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies. The business community and like-minded individuals understand that if they want to be competitive in attracting and retaining top talent, they must have diverse and inclusive workplaces.  It's the right thing to do.  It's good for business and good for the business of Arizona. Read more »

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Hagel: Defense Department Welcomes Supreme Court Decision

Hagel: Defense Department Welcomes Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2013 – Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The law had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages that they provide to other spouses.

Here is the secretary’s statement: Read more »

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Is Pope Francis Waving a White Flag on Gay Marriage?

Is Pope Francis Waving a White Flag on Gay Marriage?

This week we saw reports about Pope Francis cryptically acknowledging the existence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican, about which he supposedly believes something has to be done. But if I were on a crusade against gay marriage, like Maggie Gallagher or Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage (both devout Catholics), I don't think I'd be very happy with this pope so far. In fact, I'd say he stinks. Read more »

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Supreme Court Does Not Announce Rulings On Affirmative Action, Voting Rights, Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court did not announce decisions Thursday in hotly anticipated cases on affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act and gay marriage.

The court is first expected to make a decision on Fisher v. University of Texas, challenging the university's affirmative action policy in college admissions. The justices then will likely rule on the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act along with decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.

The court did rule Thursday that companies cannot patent human genes in a unanimous opinion, a decision that could have vast implications for medical science and the pharmaceutical industry. Read more »

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It’s time for LGBT people to lead in business

It’s time for LGBT people to lead in business

A new network group for top LGBT executives is launching today, aimed at getting more gay and trans people to the head of the boardroom table, it’s boss, Suki Sandhu explains more

Two questions troubled me recently: Why are there no openly gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender executives leading any of the FTSE 100 companies? And secondly, when I attend many of the otherwise excellent existing LGBT business networks do I never see people at senior executive level?

These questions suggested to me something needs to change. That is why I set up OUTstanding In Business, a new network for LGBT executives in the UK. Read more »

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