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Republican billionaires press House GOP on LGBT rights

Republican billionaires press House GOP on LGBT rights

A couple of Republican-leaning billionaires have kicked off a $2.2 million campaign aimed at pressuring the GOP-led House to pass protections for the LGBT community in the workplace.

Americans for Workplace Opportunity, backed by billionaires Paul Singer and Seth Klarman, is pushing for a Senate-endorsed bill addressing the measure to be passed through the House by the end of 2014, Politico reported.

“We really see this as an important piece of unfinished business  for LGBT workers and people around the country,” said Campbell Spencer, the manager of the campaign, according to Politico. Read more »

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Miss. lawmakers pass religious-practices bill

Miss. lawmakers pass religious-practices bill

 A bill that opponents say would legalize discrimination in Mississippi was approved by the state Legislature on Tuesday and now awaits action by the governor.

The measure, titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was approved 79-43 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.

It's the third iteration of the bill, which started out similar to an Arizona proposal that was dubbed the "turn away the gays" bill because opponents said it would allow business owners to refuse service to gay couples or interracial couples on religious grounds. The Arizona bill was vetoed by the state's governor in February. Read more »

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Fortune 500 Ahead of the Times on LGBTQ Rights

Fortune 500 Ahead of the Times on LGBTQ Rights

Are Fortune 500 companies more considerate of LGBTQ workers’ rights? According to the Human Rights Campaign, the answer is a resounding yes, with a survey showing in December that 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer nondiscrimination protection for sexual orientation and 61 percent for gender identity. Sixty-seven percent have same-sex partner benefits, and 28 percent offer the health care benefits needed for transgender employees. The group’s explanation for the record-breaking numbers lies in need for a skilled workforce. Read more »

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Stanton, Council Ask Governor to Veto S.B. 1062

Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council voted this afternoon to ask Gov. Jan Brewer to veto S.B. 1062, ill-conceived legislation that would provide new legal protections to those who actively discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

The Council urged a veto with an 8 to 1 vote. Councilman Sal DiCiccio was the only council member to support the bill.

“Phoenix is an open, tolerant and inclusive community that respects the rights of every person,” said Stanton. “I’m proud that the City Council spoke with a strong and united voice that this bill is wrong, and must be vetoed.” Read more »

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Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony. In Washington State, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.

The business owners cited religious beliefs in declining to provide services celebrating same-sex relationships. And in each case, they were sued. Read more »

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Human Rights Campaign: Time To Thrime Conference Feb 14-16

Human Rights Campaign: Time To Thrime Conference Feb 14-16

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE,  the inaugural national conference promoting safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth...everywhere! Time to THRIVE will take place over Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14-16, 2014 at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more »

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Location

Phoenix College
3310 N 10th Ave Dome Conference Room (OSS 101)
Phoenix, AZ 85013

PRESENTED BY HRC AND ONE COMMUNITY - REGISTER BELOW FOR THIS COMPLIMENTARY CONFERENCE

Phoenix College

Phoenix, AZ 85013  

Dome Conference Room (OSS 101)

  • Learn best practices for making your business or organization fully inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender people.
  • Learn how to improve your score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index or Municipal Equality Index.
  • Learn how to make your organization more competitive in the global economy.

LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR ORGANIZATION COMPETITIVE Read more »

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Record number of U.S. firms offering same-sex benefits

Record number of U.S. firms offering same-sex benefits

It's been a record year for gay rights.

Not only did the Supreme Court overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, the law preventing same-sex couples from receiving federal spousal benefits, but hundreds of American corporations have been rallying for the cause, publicly supporting same-sex marriage and ramping up benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Heading into 2014, a record 304 U.S. companies boast perfect "corporate equality" scores of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign, according to the LGBT advocacy group's new report examining more than 900 businesses on 40 different policies and practices. That's up from 252 perfect scores last year and 189 two years ago. Read more »

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13 Classic Companies Top HRC's New Corporate Equality Index

13 Classic Companies Top HRC's New Corporate Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign just released its annual Corporate Equality Index, highlighting the best places for LGBT people to work in the United States. A record 304 major corporations earned a perfect score of 100 on this year's CEI, meaning that those companies offer full benefits to same-sex domestic partners, have nondiscrimination policies that are inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, offer trans-inclusive healthcare plans, host regular LGBT-inclusive diversity trainings, and have a public commitment to the LGBT community.  Read more »

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Where’s the ENDA Celebration?

Where’s the ENDA Celebration?

Four months after the greatest Supreme Court victory for LGBT Americans in history, we won our greatest legislative victory in the United States Senate: passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it illegal to fire someone for no other reason than being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

There was one big difference between both events.

With our Supreme Court victory, streets overflowed with celebrations and Facebook feeds were appropriately covered in red equal signs and saturated with YouTube marriage proposals and happy couple photos.

With our Senate victory: crickets.   

The passion gap makes a disheartening statement about the breadth of our dedication to all members of the LGBT community. Read more »

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