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Tempe first AZ city to ban LGBT worker discrimination in charter

Tempe first AZ city to ban LGBT worker discrimination in charter

Tempe on Tuesday became the first Arizona city to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender city workers as voters approved a charter change.

Proposition 475 carried overwhelmingly, according to unofficial results. With its passage, any future City Council would have to go back to the voters to abolish workers' rights.

U.S. military veteran status also becomes a protected class from employment discrimination.

It is seen as a boost to LGBT rights.

"I'm a social worker, I believe in equality for everyone," Sophie Borowski, 51, said at a Tempe polling site on Election Day, where she supported the measure. Read more »

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LGBT Americans Report Lower Well-Being Compared To Straight Counterparts, Gallup-Healthways Index Finds

A new Gallup poll is shedding insight into the well-being of America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and the results are anything but inspiring.

Americans who identified as LGBT had an average Well-Being Index score of 58, compared with 62 for non-LGBT people. As Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Indexresearchers also pointed out, that difference held true even after gender, age, race, educational attainment and other factors were taken into account.

Among the report's other findings: 35 percent of LGBT adults are thriving socially, compared with 41 percent of non-LGBT adults, while LGBT Americans are also 10 percentage points less likely to be thriving financially than their non-LGBT counterparts. Read more »

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ABA says LGBT discrimination violates human rights

ABA says LGBT discrimination violates human rights

The American Bar Association House of Delegates declared last week that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have a human right to be free of discrimination. The group called for the repeal of discriminatory laws around the world.

Among the many resolutions passed by the House of Delegates at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Boston last week, number 114B may go down as the most significant.

The ABA has said to the world that it is time to work to end discrimination against LGBT people. Read more »

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Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four DiversityInc Top 50 companies are among 23 employers that have signed on to an amicus brief in support of same-gender marriage.

The four are Cummins (No. 15), Marriott International (No. 16),Target (No. 22) and WellPoint (No. 29). In addition, Pfizer, one ofDiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies, also joined.

The brief has been submitted as part of an appeal that will be heard on Aug. 26 in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding the legality of same-gender-marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The court initially was scheduled to hear separate cases when federal judges overturned bans in both states, but it combined the two cases into one. Read more »

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Homophobic NFL Coach Gets 3-Game Suspension

Homophobic NFL Coach Gets 3-Game Suspension

The Minnesota Vikings have suspended Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer three games without pay for making homophobic remarks in the locker room.

Independent investigators confirmed allegations by former Viking Chris Kluwe that Priefer, whose attitude toward Kluwe reportedly changed after the punter began his outspoken LGBT advocacy, told Kluwe that “we should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” Though Priefer denied making the remark, Kluwe’s account was corroborated by Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler. 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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Burger King Supports LGBT Rights With 'Proud Whopper' And 'Be Your Way' Campaign

Burger King Supports LGBT Rights With 'Proud Whopper' And 'Be Your Way' Campaign

n what could be a first for a global fast food outlet, Burger King is making a bold proclamation in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with the launch of a specially packaged burger.

The "Be Your Way" project was created at a Burger King franchise in San Francisco, where a limited edition "Proud Whopper" sandwich was added to the menu to coincide with the city's annual pride festivities. According to press materials, guests who ordered the "Proud Whopper" found that the sandwich was the same as a classic Whooper, but came wrapped in a rainbow-colored wrapper with the inscription, "We are all the same inside." Read more »

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What’s the Effect of Pro-LGBT Policies on Stock Price?

Every June, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community celebrates Pride Month. In cities around the country, members and allies of the LGBT community come together to recognize progress in advancing the LGBT rights movement. In recent years, one ally has emerged as an increasingly visible Pride Month participant: corporate America. More and more, sponsor kiosks line parade routes. Company flags fly next to Pride flags. Corporate logos cover t-shirts. Read more »

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Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

A recent Chevrolet ad made its LGBT-friendly message clear: Against a montage of different families, including single and same-sex parents, a voice-over intones, "While what it means to be family hasn't changed, what a family looks like has."

Of course, it's not entirely new for mainstream brands to participate in gay pride parades or advertise in LGBT media. But as Gay Pride Month comes to an end, ads like this drive home the fact the last year has seen a sharp uptick in gay representation in mainstream ad campaigns. And these new ads, like Chevy's "The New Us," don't rely on the coded messages of earlier gay-oriented ads. Read more »

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