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Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Mercedes Ricks may be the perfect candidate to help launch a new cultural push in Magnolia, Miss. The 50-year-old native of Colombia ended up in this tiny south Mississippi town by way of New Orleans nine years ago.

"I met these ladies from here," Ricks says after greeting guests in the barroom next to her Mariposa restaurant. "They invited me to come spend a weekend in Magnolia. We were going to go to the river and drink beer, and Katrina happened that weekend."

Ricks says the hurricane left her with nothing but a swimsuit and river shoes. It was the people in Magnolia who helped her start over. With a wide, mischievous grin, she explains how last year she ran for at-large city alderman and won. Read more »

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Anthony Bourdain Backs Gay Marriage As Part Of HRC's 'Americans For Marriage Equality' Campaign

Following in the footsteps of fellow celebrities Susan Sarandon and Tony Hawk, chef and Emmy-winning television host Anthony Bourdain spoke out in support of same-sex marriage this week as part of the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

"The people I admire -- whoever they are, wherever they are -- are people who are proud, who do things with love [and] feel a sense of responsibility to others," Bourdain says in the HRC clip. "The desire to love and be responsible to another person, to commit to another human being -- these are virtues."

Among those to praise the "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" host, 58, was HRC spokesperson Charles Joughin. Read more »

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Target Finally Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

Target Finally Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

Target announced its support for same-sex marriage in a court filing on Tuesday, finally putting an end to years of dodging the subject.

The mass market retailer signed an amicus brief in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago, joining other big companies that have taken a stand for marriage equality. The case deals with legal issues in Wisconsin and Indiana, two states where lower courts have struck down gay-marriage bans.

"It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage," Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Target, said in a statement posted on the company's official blog. Read more »

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Bias against gays: It's bad for business — and us all

Bias against gays: It's bad for business — and us all

July Fourth is more than just a holiday. It's a statement about the values we hold as Arizonans and Westerners, the freedom to make our own choices, live our own live and look forward to a better Arizona.

More than 70 percent of Arizonans believe there is equality in places of employment for all in our state. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. Today, in Arizona, you can still be fired for who you are and who you may love. Read more »

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Picture it, an all-out grim legal environment for citizens who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender: Criminalization of homosexual acts, bans on open military service recognition of married same-sex couples; no nationwide hate crimes or basic employment protections.

This isn't Russia or Uganda or another country that seems to be constantly in the news for its anti-LGBT posture. It's the United States, circa 2002. Read more »

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Obama says to bar LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

Obama says to bar LGBT discrimination by federal contractors

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation, but told gay rights activists they need to keep up the pressure on Congress to pass a broader law.

Drawing a lengthy standing ovation from a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) gala raising money for the Democratic National Committee, Obama said the order was the right thing to do for human rights and the economy.

"We don't benefit as a country or an economy - businesses don't benefit - if they're leaving talent off the field," Obama said. Read more »

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BP's Former CEO Explains Why LGBT Equality Makes Good Business Sense

BP's Former CEO Explains Why LGBT Equality Makes Good Business Sense

On 2 June 2013, I wrote an editorial in the Financial Times arguing the case for gay marriage. The House of Lords would vote on a measure legalising same-sex marriage the following day. I supported the bill as a pragmatic legislator, as a gay man and as a human being. But I also supported it because I am a businessman.

Business does not usually take a position on the institution of marriage. But, in my time as chief executive, I learned that any policy that fosters an inclusive environment makes good business sense. Paul Reed, my former colleague at BP and now a senior executive there, puts it best: "I don’t want people saving a quarter of their brain to hide who they are. I want them to apply their whole brain to their job." Read more »

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New Report Documents Unfair Treatment on the Job for LGBT Workers

New Report Documents Unfair Treatment on the Job for LGBT Workers

Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans support workplace nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals, there is no federal law mandating these protections and less than half of states ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers is a new report which documents the struggles that LGBT workers continue to face on the job. There is still a hiring bias that makes it more difficult for LGBT workers to secure good jobs and they also disproportionately experience unfair firing and on-the-job inequality. Additionally, severe wage disparities and penalties exist making it harder for LGBT workers to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Read more »

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