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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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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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