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RELEASE: Major CAP Report Outlines Discrimination Against LGBT People; Calls for Legislation to Extend Protections

Today, the Center for American Progress released a groundbreaking new report outlining the pervasive discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people in core facets of American life. The report, titled, “We the People: Why Congress and U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections,” is the first comprehensive review detailing the evidence of discrimination against the LGBT community in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit. To address these inequities, the report calls for major legislation to extend protections to all Americans. Read more »

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Tech companies like Facebook and Google lead the way in delivering LGBT equality in the workplace

US technology companies are setting a benchmark for those in other sectors to reach for when it comes to LGBT equality in the workplace. These are the findings reported in the thirteenth edition of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. The HRC rates workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion and equality, and this year's report shows that there is now greater awareness and understanding of the transgender community. Read more »

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Kyrgyzstan's 'Homosexual Propaganda' Law Proposal Sparks Gay Community Fears

Kyrgyzstan's 'Homosexual Propaganda' Law Proposal Sparks Gay Community Fears

BISHKEK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - A draft law banning "homosexual propaganda" in Kyrgyzstan could be the last straw for the Central Asian country's frightened gay community.

Some are thinking of leaving the mainly Muslim state bordering China if the law is passed by parliament, mirroring a move last year by Russia that outraged the West and was seen by critics as part of a broader crackdown on civil society.

Backed by Muslim clerics who say homosexuals are "psychologically ill" and should be cured, the law follows what gays say is growing intimidation, police abuse and beatings. Read more »

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Apple’s CEO is now openly gay. Is that progress?

Apple’s CEO is now openly gay. Is that progress?

Apple CEO Tim Cook made history last week, becoming the first Fortune 500 CEO to break through the steel ceiling of heterosexual privilege in the business world when he disclosed in Businessweek that he is “proud to be gay.” Despite Cook’s insistence that he has long been open with many people about his sexual orientation, his decision to invite the public into an otherwise private area of his life rightly deserves praise as some commentators have noted. However, the same factors which make Cook’s “coming-out” appear exceptional and noteworthy are the very features, privileges actually, which are absented in the lives of so many LGBT people. For some, it literally pays to be gay. But for so many others, coming out costs. Read more »

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The 'coming out' letter I never sent

The 'coming out' letter I never sent

It was the hardest letter I ever had to write. And it sat in a drawer at my house for nearly a decade.

Dad,

I write this letter because I want you to know fully who I am. There is a big part of me that you and I have never discussed. I'm the same son you've always known and loved but this part of my life we've never discussed — I am gay.

It is important to me that you know the complete me. Yes I've been gay my entire life. Because of societal pressures and in part due to my southern roots I ran from my identity. But finally, a few years ago, I came to terms with who I am. I am out at work, with my friends, and now my family. Read more »

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Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth

Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth

A ground-breaking report published today by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation reveals that 40 percent of more than 10,000 LGBT youth surveyed by the organization identify as bisexual -- and many of them say they face more challenges coming out and gaining acceptance than their lesbian and gay peers.

The Supporting and Caring For Our Bisexual Youth report, based on one of the largest surveys ever of LGBT youth and released in partnership with the Bisexual Resource Center,  BiNet USA, and the Bisexual Organizing Project, also reveals a troubling chasm between the experiences of bisexual youth in America and their non-LGBT peers. Read more »

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Chandler Police Department forms LGBT Committee

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler Police Department has announced the creation of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,) Police Liaison Committee. The committee is comprised of several sworn and civilian Police employees and supervisors.

The decision to form the committee is a proactive step to facilitate training and communication that will enhance the knowledge of the Department and the community regarding issues faced by LGBT individuals. Read more »

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Caregiving with a Twist: Family and Societal Issues Faced by LGBT Caregivers

Caregiving with a Twist: Family and Societal Issues Faced by LGBT Caregivers

Having an informal caregiver significantly helps elders to avoid nursing home placement and remain in the community as they age. The unpaid care provided by an informal caregiver, in contrast with formal caregiving by paid staff (nurses, social workers, home health aides and personal care attendants) is performed by a relative, partner, friend or neighbor. This sort of caregiving is the central platform of the U.S. social service and healthcare plan to address the needs of the rapidly growing population of older adults. Informal caregiving had an estimated annual value of $450 billion in 2009. Because of this, there is considerable interest in developing programs and services that support these essential members of the nation’s care plan for older adults. Read more »

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Scottsdale may consider LGBT-equality law

Scottsdale may consider LGBT-equality law

The Scottsdale City Council's recent approval of a unity pledge supporting workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people has supporters asking if an anti-discrimination law could be next.

On the heels of Tempe's voter-approved ban on LGBT worker discrimination last week, some say Scottsdale's pledge could be the first step toward considering an anti-discrimination ordinance, which would offer further legal protections for the LGBT community.

"I think we have some momentum with the unity pledge and certainly with unanimous support from the council," Scottsdale Councilwoman Virginia Korte said. "I think that reflects an openness to an ordinance." Read more »

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