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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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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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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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Presidential Proclamation -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

As progress spreads from State to State, as justice is delivered in the courtroom, and as more of our fellow Americans are treated with dignity and respect -- our Nation becomes not only more accepting, but more equal as well. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains. Read more »

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Why Gay Workers Decide to Stay in the Closet

Why Gay Workers Decide to Stay in the Closet

At Boston University, Rebecca Farmer was active in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. But when it came time to pursue a career in finance, the 23-year-old decided to stay in the closet.

Through six internships and the start of her first job in a rotational training program at financial-services firm UBS AG, she stayed quiet when conversations turned personal.

"It was fear of being negatively perceived," Ms. Farmer said. "I was more concerned about the people I sit next to, not the company itself." Read more »

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Will Gay People Retire With Dignity?

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates 3 million LGBT elders live in the United States. As Baby Boomers age, that number will grow.  In some places, aging members of the LGBT community are driving a nascent movement. Forward thinking people are creating LGBT friendly retirementcommunities, building in acceptance and a supportive environment.

Can we do this otherwise,  without special, prejudice- free facilities where aging LGBT folks are welcome?

Maybe not. Read more »

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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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