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November 29 2014

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Walgreens Earns Top Marks In 2015 Corporate Equality Index - Yahoo Finance

Student first to get same-sex marriage license | Student Life

Lilly-Sadie-Engagement-18 The Human Rights Campaign is Americas largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. About Walgreens As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) vision is to be Americas most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,218 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com.
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Louis, Lilly Leyh and her soon-to-be-wife Sadie Pierce dropped everything. We got the push notification as a text from PROMO about the new legislation. I was picking Sadie [Pierce] up from work, and we literally just pulled a U-turn and went downtown, Leyh said. Leyh, a dual-degree graduate student in the Brown School of Social Work and Olin Business School, and Pierce, a 2014 graduate of the Brown School, were the first in line to receive legal marriage documentation. Courtesy of Lilly Leyh Earlier that day, Missouri Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, regardless of gender, striking down laws denying this right to same-sex couples across St. Louis. The ruling came roughly a month following the Missouri Circuit Court ruling that same-sex marriages performed outside of Missouri must be recognized within the state and preceded by two days the federal court ruling allowing for same-sex marriage across the state of Missouri. Shortly after Burlisons St. Louis ruling, Leyh received a text alert from PROMO, Missouris statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality through legislative action and community education. Leyh has been actively involved in PROMO, and her focus since beginning at the Brown School has been social justice and human diversity work. She has primarily assisted in lobbying efforts for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to achieve protection for the LGBT community against discriminatory hiring practices and firing in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Op-ed: Bosses Need To Step Up For Their Trans Employees | Advocate.com

She started wearing makeup to meetings and what is conventionally considered womens clothing. Ultimately, she lost the support of her employer. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that firing someone on the basis of their gender identity violates federal policies in the 2012 case Macy v. Department of Justice. Earlier this year, the EEOC filed a complaint on behalf of a transgender employee who says she was discriminated against at work because of their gender identity. http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/9-25-14e.cfm " target="_blank">One woman was fired by Lakeland Eye Clinic in Florida after she began to present as a woman at work and told her superiors that she now identifies as transgender. This type of gender discrimination is a major problem in workplaces across the country. Besides direct abuses to human equality, organizations that have inadequate diversity initiatives are likely to experience problems with employee relations, employee attitudes, increased employee turnover, and lower employee retention, as noted in a 2005 study .
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In Battle of Sexes at Central Banks, Thai Women Have Already Won - Yahoo Finance

"Otherwise there is a danger of groupthink,' where they may miss important risks because they all come from the same backgrounds, hold the same priors, and examine the same data." Tarisa, who has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, was responsible for devising and implementing financial sector and supervisory reforms after the 1997 crisis, and modernized the nation's payment system. She imposed capital controls in 2006 to rein in a surging baht and fight flows. Role Models "Women have played an important role in the Thai central bank for more than half a century now, becoming role models and drawing more women to the central bank," said Pongsak Luangaram, who teaches monetary policy at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and wrote a book on the Bank of Thailand. "It came to be regarded as a prestigious place to work, and began to attract the cream of economics graduates." Chulalongkorn University, where diplomas are still presented by the royal family, says 69 percent of students enrolled in its English-language undergraduate program in Economics this year are women. At the central bank, more women than men hold Ph.D.s -- 52 percent, up from 36 percent in 2004. "Education is really key to the achievement of women in Thailand," said Kesara Manchusree, president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, and the third woman to hold that position. "There are also no social expectations that women should stay home to raise kids after marriage." Top Posts Suparb Yossundara joined the Thai central bank as early as 1947, rising to the position equivalent to assistant governor in 1966, the highest possible at the time as the governor and his deputies were appointed by the government. Tanya Sirivedhin became the first female deputy governor in 1998. "It's not at the central bank alone; there are lots of women working at banks and other financial institutions also," said Navaporn Reuangsakul, who studied economics at the University of California at Los Angeles with a scholarship from the BoT, and returned to work there for 18 years.
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Tempe Earns High Marks For Lgbt Support - East Valley Tribune: Tempe

Miami-Dade Commission Takes Tilt To Left, Names First-Ever Haitian-American Chair « CBS Miami

Tis The Season Here in Tempe, we have a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 1999, we were one of the first cities to provide domestic partner benefits for our employees, and just this year, we approved an anti-discrimination ordinance and Tempe voters cemented it into place by voting overwhelmingly to add anti-discrimination language to our city charter, said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell during a press conference on Nov.12. The Tempe City Council has worked to increase its MEI rating after achieving a score of 72 in 2013, the first year it received a rating. When we first learned of our score of 72 in the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, we immediately set out to understand what we needed to do to commit real tangible improvement. For Tempe, our council, staff and citizens, this was not about points. This was, and continues to be, about our commitment to all of our residents to treat everyone equally when it comes to employment, housing or who you love, said Councilmember Corey Woods during the conference. The national average MEI score is 59, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest LGBT organization in the nation and the creator of the MEI rating system. Tempe is leading the state in terms of leadership on this issue; Tempe is leading the country on this issue, said Sheila Kloefkorn, a member of the Human Rights Campaigns board of directors, at the conference. While Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson received perfect scores on the MEIs charting, several Arizona cities were rated below the nations average.
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Conservationists have said the narrow, long piece of land has the potential to be the Central Park of Miami. The company promises to include green space but also construct commercial and housing development on the trail. Levine Cava says shell fight for a trail thats more green than sprawl. I dont think we need development all along the corridor, Levine Cava said. I think we need to have places that are pure park and we need to have places that are greater density, and Im hopeful that well be able to work that out. Ideally, Levine Cava said, the county can find a way to use the just passed state Amendment 1 (that provides funds for conservation) to buy the Ludlum Trail from the developers and make it a showcase park. In a remarkable moment Monday, Commissioner Audrey Edmonson withdrew her candidacy to become chair of the county commission. Edmonson, saying she wanted to unify the commission and the community, threw her support to the only other nominee, Commissioner Jean Monestime. Amid a cheering full house, Monestime was unanimously elected the first Haitian-American chairman of the commission. He is a progressive Democrat and champion of the poor. We will allow our diversity to strengthen our community instead of divide us, a visibly moved Monestime said. Labor was loving it. I think its a breath of fresh air, said John Rivera, president of the P.B.A., the countys police union. It gives county employees the hope of respect and an open door and an open ear. We are excited. A conservative Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who has clashed with the unions, shrugged off Mondays lean to the left on the commission. In no way shape or form should party politics get involved with Miami-Dade County, Gimenez told CBS4s Gary Nelson. Listen, it hasnt worked very well in Washington, so why should it work well here? Out-going Chair Rebeca Sosa, a Republican, called Edmonsons support of Monestime to assume the chairmanship one of the most impressive political moments she had witnessed. In the love fest at county hall, it was indeed hard to tell the Democrats from the Republicans. For all his insistence that party isnt important in county politics, Mayor Gimenez may feel a shifting wind, however. It has been reported that he is considering changing his party affiliation from Republican to Independent.
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First Televised Broadcast For Native America's Biggest Music Celebration On Thanksgiving Day

Buddy Big Mountain (Mohawk/Comanche/Apache) As Indian Countrys top comedian and ventriloquist, The Buddy Big Mountain Variety Comedy Show, features a cowboy ventriloquist figure known as Windell P. Snodgrass along with Iron Horse, and Awesome Fox. Since the 80s, Buddy has uniquely and brilliantly combined mainstream humor with his native American heritage for all ages. Buddy has shared the stage with many great performers such as; Jeff Dunham, Sinbad, the late Charlie Hill, Crystal Gayle, Seals and Croft, and Merle Haggard. Dark Water Rising (Lumbee/Coharie) - In 2004, Charly Lowry made it into the Top 32 as a finalist on Season Three of American Idol. The then-20-year-old Lowry said it was an experience that she will long remember.Founded in 2010, and led by Charly Lowry, Dark Water Rising quickly established themselves an award-winning contemporary indie rock/blues. The group won a Native American Music Award for Debut Duo or Group of the Year for their debut album, Dark Water Rising. The band tours regularly and has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR). Dark Water Rising's latest release, the EP, Grace & Grit, has been nominated for Best Gospel Recording, Best Pop Recording, and Group of the Year.
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Op-ed: Bosses Need to Step Up for Their Trans Employees | Advocate.com

But once the president made his announcement, many immigration groups said it was less of a victory and more of a bittersweet moment. Thanks to the Presidents much over-due actions these families will face relief from the constant possibility and threat of deportation, and will be able to better fight against workplace exploitation given their qualifying work permits, New Immigrant Community Empowerment Executive Director Valeria Treves said in a prepared statement. At the same time, we are deeply saddened that so many immigrant workers, who do not have U.S. citizen children, have been left out of this deferred action program. Despite not having children in this country, millions of undocumented immigrant workers have contributed for years to the economic well-being of this nation, and deserve equality. In response to Obamas speech, activist group Desis Rising Up and Moving held a special rally at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Thanks to the brave immigrants around the country who have fought for President Obama to provide relief to their families, we no have relief for others, Naim Islam, a so-called Dreamer and DRUM youth member, said at the rally. However, that is still only a fraction of the total number of people who need relief, relief that they deserve. According to reports, Obamas order could protect up to five million immigrants, but only if they fall under a set list of qualifications that includes having children who are United States citizens and have lived in the country for five years. These stipulations cut out a number of people who have lived in the country for years but do not have children who are citizens or have no children at all, like Samsurnahar. I was forced to migrate to the United States after being targeted by the current ruling party in Bangladesh, Samsurnahar said. We cannot benefit from President Obamas administrative relief because we are recent immigrants and dont fall into the criteria ...
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Activists want more from Obama immigration plan - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide

This directly impacts a companys bottom line, especially when working with clients who are diverse, and creates a more engaged workplace. In the past few decades, there have been several high-profile and unacceptable terminations of transgender employees. For example, an egregious violation of basic human rights occurred in 2007, when Susan Stanton, the city manager of Largo, Fla., was terminated after disclosing plans to undergo gender-affirming surgery. Stanton, who had been presenting as male until then, was married to a woman and had children. She struggled with gender dysphoria, and the decision put her life at risk. After she decided at the age of 48 to stop the personal horror of having to present as male, her marriage ended, and she lost the support of her workplace. That same year, professor Julie Nemecek was another victim of unfair employment discrimination based on gender identity. Nemecek, a tenured faculty member at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, was fired because of her decision to transition. She was a renowned scholar in her field and had a great reputation as an administrator and teacher. She started wearing makeup to meetings and what is conventionally considered womens clothing.
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November 28 2014

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Tempe Earns High Marks For Lgbt Support - East Valley Tribune: Tempe

Here in Tempe, we have a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 1999, we were one of the first cities to provide domestic partner benefits for our employees, and just this year, we approved an anti-discrimination ordinance and Tempe voters cemented it into place by voting overwhelmingly to add anti-discrimination language to our city charter, said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell during a press conference on Nov.12. The Tempe City Council has worked to increase its MEI rating after achieving a score of 72 in 2013, the first year it received a rating. When we first learned of our score of 72 in the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, we immediately set out to understand what we needed to do to commit real tangible improvement. For Tempe, our council, staff and citizens, this was not about points. This was, and continues to be, about our commitment to all of our residents to treat everyone equally when it comes to employment, housing or who you love, said Councilmember Corey Woods during the conference. The national average MEI score is 59, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest LGBT organization in the nation and the creator of the MEI rating system. Tempe is leading the state in terms of leadership on this issue; Tempe is leading the country on this issue, said Sheila Kloefkorn, a member of the Human Rights Campaigns board of directors, at the conference. While Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson received perfect scores on the MEIs charting, several Arizona cities were rated below the nations average.
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Walgreens Earns Top Marks in 2015 Corporate Equality Index - Yahoo Finance

She and her spouse live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with their two children. Meet the Eight New CCHR Commissioners: Ana Oliveira An immigrant from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ana Oliveira, president and chief executive officer of The New York Womens Foundation, has spent more than 25 years working in the field of public health for under-served populations. Oliveira previously led the Gay Mens Health Crisis and co-chaired the Young Mens Initiative. As the first woman and Latina Executive Director named to Gay Mens Health Crisis, Oliveira oversaw a complete overhaul of the agency over a seven year period (1998-2006). Prior to her work at Gay Mens Health Crisis, Oliveira spearheaded innovative community-based programs at Samaritan Village, the Osborne Association, Kings County and at Lincoln Hospitals. Oliveira has served as a member of the New York City HIV Planning Council and the New York City Commission on AIDS, chaired the NYC Commission for LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth, and co-chaired Mayor Bloombergs Young Mens Initiative and the Board of the Womens Funding Network. Oliveira has an M.A. in Medical Anthropology from the New School for Social Research. Catherine Albisa Catherine Albisa, co-founder and director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), is a constitutional and human rights lawyer with a background on the right to health. Previously, Albisa directed the Human Rights in the US program at the Center for Economic and Social Rights, served as associate director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, and co-directed the International Womens Human Rights Law Clinic at CUNY Law School. She has also served as a board chair of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
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Bill de Blasio Taps Carmelyn Malalis to Head Human Rights Commission | New York Observer

businesses which also earned top marks this year. For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei . The Human Rights Campaign is Americas largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. About Walgreens As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) vision is to be Americas most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,218 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com.
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November 27 2014

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Staples Earns Perfect Score In Human Rights Campaign?s 2015 Corporate Equality Index - Yahoo Finance

( SPLS ) today announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. This marks the fifth year in a row Staples has received a perfect score of 100 percent. Staples perfect score on the HRC Equality Index for the fifth year in a row is a reflection of the hard work by our associates to promote a workplace that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion, said John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc. Its important that all associates feel valued for who they are and know that their ideas and viewpoints and beliefs will help contribute to Staples success. Staples was previously named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by the HRC. The company has Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), a formal community of committed associates who support Staples business results, global diversity strategy, community involvement and associate engagement, including an ARG called Out At Work, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender associates and allies. Most recently, Out At Work organized several events that celebrated National Coming Out Day by educating the greater Staples community about LGBT related topics and issues. National Coming Out Day at Staples, which is celebrated annually on October 11th, addressed the importance of coming out at work and included empowering coming out stories told firsthand by Staples associates. The 2015 CEI rated 972 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Stapless efforts in satisfying all of the CEIs criteria resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. Please visit the companys website for more information on Staples diversity practices .
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Killeen scores 10 out of 100 on national equality study - The Killeen Daily Herald: News

According to reports, the presidents immigration plan could protect as many as five million illegal residents but still leaves about six million in the shadows. Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Wed Nov 26, 2014. Activists want more from Obama immigration plan by Tess McRae, Associate Editor Queens Chronicle | 0comments President Obamas executive order to provide certain undocumented residents with deferred action on deportations in case of future reform legislation as a possible pathway to citizenship was debated over and over again on the news and in legislative offices around the country. Many activist groups, including Make the Road New York, hosted viewing parties of the presidents speech and tweeted about being excited to hear Obamas plan. But once the president made his announcement, many immigration groups said it was less of a victory and more of a bittersweet moment. Thanks to the Presidents much over-due actions these families will face relief from the constant possibility and threat of deportation, and will be able to better fight against workplace exploitation given their qualifying work permits, New Immigrant Community Empowerment Executive Director Valeria Treves said in a prepared statement. At the same time, we are deeply saddened that so many immigrant workers, who do not have U.S. citizen children, have been left out of this deferred action program. Despite not having children in this country, millions of undocumented immigrant workers have contributed for years to the economic well-being of this nation, and deserve equality. In response to Obamas speech, activist group Desis Rising Up and Moving held a special rally at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Thanks to the brave immigrants around the country who have fought for President Obama to provide relief to their families, we no have relief for others, Naim Islam, a so-called Dreamer and DRUM youth member, said at the rally. However, that is still only a fraction of the total number of people who need relief, relief that they deserve. According to reports, Obamas order could protect up to five million immigrants, but only if they fall under a set list of qualifications that includes having children who are United States citizens and have lived in the country for five years.
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Activists want more from Obama immigration plan - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide

posted: November 22 Killeen scores 10 out of 100 on national equality study City has no laws to encourage LGBT inclusion, report finds The report assessed LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including 22 Texas towns. Amarillo: 14 National average: 59 Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:30 am by Courtney Griffin The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a national nonprofit organization, gave Killeen one of the lowest scores in Central Texas in a recent equality study. The foundation, whose goal is to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by working to increase understanding and encourage the adoption of LGBT-inclusive policies and practices, released its third annual Municipal Equality Index report in mid-November. According to the report, Killeen scored 10 out of 100 possible points on the rating system measuring LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy. The index is the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy, foundation officials said. The report assessed LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including 22 Texas towns. The average score for cities in Texas was 28 out of 100 points, far below the national average of 59. Looking over the state of LGBT equality ... yeah, it sounds pretty dismal, said Irene Andrews, a lesbian and co-chair of the Central Texas Stonewall Democrats. As (the report) states here, thats pretty much the deal, there is a lack of any nondiscrimination law on the books in Killeen, and theres not a lot of acknowledgement about the LGBT (community). While Killeen has no LGBT-geared nondiscrimination laws, Andrews said she also has not heard anyone ask council members for some.
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Mgm Resorts Named One Of The 'best Places To Work For Lgbt... -- Las Vegas, Nov. 20, 2014 /prnewswire/ --

Activists want more from Obama immigration plan - Queens Chronicle: Queenswide

20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A prominent benchmarking organization has rated MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM ) as among the nation's leading companies for workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Based on the company's policies and practices relating to LGBT employees, the Human Rights Campaign announced that for the third consecutive year, MGM Resorts has earned a perfect score on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, an annual HRC survey that ranks major companies for their non-discrimination and benefits practices with respect to LGBT employees. The CEI assessment focuses on LGBT-related company policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. The 2015 CEI rated 972 businesses, of which 366 achieved 100 percent, earning them the coveted distinction of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality." "In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. MGM Resorts International not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values." "This recognition further demonstrates that the principles of diversity and inclusion run deep within our company culture and the guest service we are renowned for," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "We are delighted to receive a perfect score, yet again, and we commit ourselves to the promotion of equality continually within our workforce and throughout our communities." The 2015 Corporate Equality Index report is available at www.hrc.org/cei . This year's report findings include: A record number of 366 companies received a perfect 100, the highest score possible on the CEI, despite more stringent requirements for the achievement. Healthcare for transgender workers has made significant strides in those companies that participated in this year's CEI. Of the 972 businesses rated, 418 offer transgender workers at least one health care plan that has transgender-inclusive coverage.
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Activists want more from Obama immigration plan by Tess McRae, Associate Editor Queens Chronicle | 0comments President Obamas executive order to provide certain undocumented residents with deferred action on deportations in case of future reform legislation as a possible pathway to citizenship was debated over and over again on the news and in legislative offices around the country. Many activist groups, including Make the Road New York, hosted viewing parties of the presidents speech and tweeted about being excited to hear Obamas plan. But once the president made his announcement, many immigration groups said it was less of a victory and more of a bittersweet moment. Thanks to the Presidents much over-due actions these families will face relief from the constant possibility and threat of deportation, and will be able to better fight against workplace exploitation given their qualifying work permits, New Immigrant Community Empowerment Executive Director Valeria Treves said in a prepared statement. At the same time, we are deeply saddened that so many immigrant workers, who do not have U.S. citizen children, have been left out of this deferred action program. Despite not having children in this country, millions of undocumented immigrant workers have contributed for years to the economic well-being of this nation, and deserve equality. In response to Obamas speech, activist group Desis Rising Up and Moving held a special rally at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Thanks to the brave immigrants around the country who have fought for President Obama to provide relief to their families, we no have relief for others, Naim Islam, a so-called Dreamer and DRUM youth member, said at the rally. However, that is still only a fraction of the total number of people who need relief, relief that they deserve. According to reports, Obamas order could protect up to five million immigrants, but only if they fall under a set list of qualifications that includes having children who are United States citizens and have lived in the country for five years. These stipulations cut out a number of people who have lived in the country for years but do not have children who are citizens or have no children at all, like Samsurnahar. I was forced to migrate to the United States after being targeted by the current ruling party in Bangladesh, Samsurnahar said.
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November 26 2014

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Cadwalader Sponsors Inaugural Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative Symposium On Diversity & Inclusion | Business Wire

The symposium, founded by legendary sports icon and human rights advocate Billie Jean King, convened leaders in sports, business and government to discuss diversity in the workplace, exchange ideas and propose solutions to the shortage of diversity in positions of leadership. The sponsorship builds on Cadwaladers commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and is part of a series of initiatives the Firm has launched to diversify and develop its talent base. Earlier this year, the Firm launched the Cadwalader Center for Diversity & Inclusion, which serves as a central resource for the Firms diversity programs. In keynote remarks at the symposium, Cadwalader Managing Partner-elect Pat Quinn stressed that diversity in the workplace is not only socially responsible, but a business imperative: Diverse teams just work better. The business environment in which our clients operate gets more complicated by the day. With regulatory pressures and competition increasing constantly, our clients need the highest level of creativity and problem solving now more than ever. Quinn also stated in his remarks that in order for Cadwalader to continue to win mandates from our clients and to do our best work on their behalf, we need to reflect changing demographic trends. Quinns remarks referred to research by the Center for American Progress, which states that if the current trends in population growth continue, by the year 2050 there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the United States. By some estimates, by the year 2020 the American workforce will be more than 50 percent women. Leaders in attendance at the symposium included Billie Jean King, New England Patriots Owner Jonathan Kraft, NBA star Jason Collins, Paley Center for Media President Pat Mitchell, Goldman Sachs Global Co-Head of Securities Pablo Salame and Daniel Nigro, New York City Fire Commissioner. Quinn challenged other leaders in the room to make diversity a priority in their organizations. He closed his remarks by stating: we strive to be so successful that one day we make the need for diversity programs obsolete. The symposium was followed by a gala honoring Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, and Gracia Martore, President and CEO of Gannett. Cadwaladers efforts to enhance its workforce diversity have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC): earlier this year Cadwalader achieved a perfect score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, and it also was recognized by HRC as one of Americas Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality for a second consecutive year.
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M. L. King Jr. 2015 Holiday Address to be Delivered by Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, First Female President of Alabama State University

2015 Holiday Address to be Delivered by Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, First Female President of Alabama State University Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, first female president of Alabama State University, will be the keynote speaker at The King Center's 47th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Services in Atlanta. The service will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, in the Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Boyds willingness to serve as the keynote speaker represents a continuation of the relationship between the King family and the university that was so crucial to the modern Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 24, 2014 Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, the first female president of Alabama State University, will be the keynote speaker at The King Centers 47th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service. The announcement was recently made by King Center C.E.O., Dr.
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Alaska Airlines Earns Top Score in 2015 Corporate Equality Index -- SEATTLE, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

PR Newswire Alaska Airlines shared the news of HRC's ranking today at its 6th Annual Diversity Summit, an event open to all employees. To learn more about the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/cei . About Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK ), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers" in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for seven consecutive years from 2008 to 2014. Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan also ranked highest in the J.D. Power 2014 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com . For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom .
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Fedex Scores High, Autozone Scores Low On Equality Index | Memphis Gaydar | Memphis News And Events | Memphis Flyer

received a low score of 15. FedEx's non-discrimination policy covers sexual orientation and gender identity. They offer domestic partner benefits, and their insurance covers transgender health benefits, such as hormone therapy and short-term leave after surgical procedures. They have an LGBT employee group, and they actively market to LGBT consumers. AutoZone does have a non-discrimination policy regarding sexual orientation, but gender identity is not covered. The company also fails to offer domestic partner benefits, and it lacks an LGBT employee group. Other Memphis companies on the list scored as follows: First Horizon National Corp. (75), Unum Group (60), and International Paper (45). Nationally, a record 366 businesses scored perfect 100s. The only Tennessee company to score a 100 was Nissan North America, Inc.
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Tech companies like Facebook and Google lead the way in delivering LGBT equality in the workplace

This year there are a record number of businesses attaining a 100 percent rating, and 14 of these fall into the hardware, software and data services areas of the tech sector. Joining the companies with a perfect score this year are Facebook and Yelp, and Adobe makes an impressive improvement from 90 to 100 percent. Facebook had previously managed to upset the LGBT community with its real names policy. Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundation's Workplace Equality Program, said: Long viewed as thought leaders in business innovation, it's no surprise that computer tech companies continue to be strong leaders in LGBT workplace inclusion. This year, we welcomed two new computer software and hardware companies to the CEI, continuing evidence of the sector's commitment to fairness. 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies include reference to sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies, while just 61 percent make reference to gender identity. Both figures are up from previous years. President of the HRC, Chad Griffin, believes that US businesses could teach a lot to other sectors: Despite 66 percent of all Fortune 500 companies now including gender identity in the employment protections, we know that this does not always translate into everyday inclusion of the transgender community. While many companies are leading the way, our nation's federal non-discrimination protections are lagging behind.
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Walgreens Earns Top Marks In 2015 Corporate Equality Index - Yahoo Finance

For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei . The Human Rights Campaign is Americas largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. About Walgreens As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) vision is to be Americas most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,218 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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WellPoint Earns Designation of ?Best Place to Work? for LGBT Equality - Yahoo Finance

WellPoint joins the ranks of 366 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year. The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. WellPoints efforts in satisfying all of the CEIs criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. WellPoint is very excited to have earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index. This is a testament to how much we value our LGBT associates and the perspectives they bring every day which helps us better understand the needs of our customers, said Tracy Edmonds, chief diversity officer for WellPoint. Closing health disparity gaps depends on our ability to know our customers, develop products and programs that meet their unique needs, and to serve them in a culturally competent way; were very proud of the collaboration of our associates who have been instrumental in helping shape business solutions that meet the health care needs of our LBGT customers. The companys commitment to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture is best showcased by their nine Associate Resource Groups among them the Associate Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE). With more than 300 members across the country, ANGLE works actively within the company to create leadership development opportunities, promote role models and most notably team with company business divisions to offer their insights and personal experiences to help the company develop business solutions to better serve LGBT customers. ANGLE has also been instrumental in the development of programs to raise awareness and inclusion of the LGBT community creating an environment of support and respect among fellow associates and customers. For example, ANGLE helped develop and provide oversight for the companys Safe Space Program; the group also provided input on the guidelines for facilitating the process of gender transition in the workplace as well as related training.
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Tempe earns high marks for LGBT support - East Valley Tribune: Tempe

Only 38 cities out of a total of 353 that were indexed nationwide achieved a perfect score of 100, including Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson. Here in Tempe, we have a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 1999, we were one of the first cities to provide domestic partner benefits for our employees, and just this year, we approved an anti-discrimination ordinance and Tempe voters cemented it into place by voting overwhelmingly to add anti-discrimination language to our city charter, said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell during a press conference on Nov.12. The Tempe City Council has worked to increase its MEI rating after achieving a score of 72 in 2013, the first year it received a rating. When we first learned of our score of 72 in the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, we immediately set out to understand what we needed to do to commit real tangible improvement. For Tempe, our council, staff and citizens, this was not about points. This was, and continues to be, about our commitment to all of our residents to treat everyone equally when it comes to employment, housing or who you love, said Councilmember Corey Woods during the conference. The national average MEI score is 59, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest LGBT organization in the nation and the creator of the MEI rating system. Tempe is leading the state in terms of leadership on this issue; Tempe is leading the country on this issue, said Sheila Kloefkorn, a member of the Human Rights Campaigns board of directors, at the conference. While Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson received perfect scores on the MEIs charting, several Arizona cities were rated below the nations average. The town of Gilbert scored a 43, Glendale earned a 36 and Peoria received a 33.
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November 25 2014

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Killeen Scores 10 Out Of 100 On National Equality Study - The Killeen Daily Herald: News

The report assessed LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including 22 Texas towns. The average score for cities in Texas was 28 out of 100 points, far below the national average of 59. Looking over the state of LGBT equality ... yeah, it sounds pretty dismal, said Irene Andrews, a lesbian and co-chair of the Central Texas Stonewall Democrats. As (the report) states here, thats pretty much the deal, there is a lack of any nondiscrimination law on the books in Killeen, and theres not a lot of acknowledgement about the LGBT (community). While Killeen has no LGBT-geared nondiscrimination laws, Andrews said she also has not heard anyone ask council members for some. Nevertheless, the city has differed from Fort Hoods approach to the issue by not taking proactive measures, she said. There hasnt been anything like Killeen saying, Because we respect the diversity in our community, and because theres all types of people living within our borders, we are going to be proactive and help celebrate pride month in June, Andrews said, referencing Fort Hoods inaugural LGBT pride month observance. Mayor Scott Cosper said he has not been made aware of any discriminatory issues within Killeen, and the city goes to great lengths to make sure people are treated fairly. I have not been asked by anyone to implement (any policies), and certainly that would be a discussion for council that would involve city staff, Cosper said.
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MUFG Union Bank Earns 100 Percent Score on Human Rights Campaign?s 2015 Corporate Equality Index - Yahoo Finance

This directly impacts a companys bottom line, especially when working with clients who are diverse, and creates a more engaged workplace. In the past few decades, there have been several high-profile and unacceptable terminations of transgender employees. For example, an egregious violation of basic human rights occurred in 2007, when Susan Stanton, the city manager of Largo, Fla., was terminated after disclosing plans to undergo gender-affirming surgery. Stanton, who had been presenting as male until then, was married to a woman and had children. She struggled with gender dysphoria, and the decision put her life at risk. After she decided at the age of 48 to stop the personal horror of having to present as male, her marriage ended, and she lost the support of her workplace. That same year, professor Julie Nemecek was another victim of unfair employment discrimination based on gender identity. Nemecek, a tenured faculty member at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, was fired because of her decision to transition. She was a renowned scholar in her field and had a great reputation as an administrator and teacher. She started wearing makeup to meetings and what is conventionally considered womens clothing. Ultimately, she lost the support of her employer.
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We are creating momentum and its a testament to the dedication of our leaders and employees, including UB PROUD, to embrace inclusion as part of our DNA in the same way we have committed to doing right. The 2015 CEI rated 972 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. MUFG Union Banks efforts in satisfying all of the CEIs criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei . About MUFG Union Bank, N.A. MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial, retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers. The bank also offers an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal trust, capital markets, global treasury management, transaction banking and other services. With assets of $110.9 billion (USD), as of September 30, 2014, the bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks. MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group ( MTU ), one of the worlds largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately 264 trillion (JPY) or $2.4 trillion (USD)1, as of September 30, 2014. MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
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Assurant Recognized For Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion | Business Wire

Tis The Season Levine Cava was opposed by developers, who heavily bank-rolled the incumbent. Bell got much of her money from builders, including $11,000 from Florida East Coast Industries that owns the Ludlum Trail, a six mile stretch of abandoned railroad that runs from MIA to Kendall that the company plans to build on. Conservationists have said the narrow, long piece of land has the potential to be the Central Park of Miami. The company promises to include green space but also construct commercial and housing development on the trail. Levine Cava says shell fight for a trail thats more green than sprawl. I dont think we need development all along the corridor, Levine Cava said. I think we need to have places that are pure park and we need to have places that are greater density, and Im hopeful that well be able to work that out. Ideally, Levine Cava said, the county can find a way to use the just passed state Amendment 1 (that provides funds for conservation) to buy the Ludlum Trail from the developers and make it a showcase park. In a remarkable moment Monday, Commissioner Audrey Edmonson withdrew her candidacy to become chair of the county commission. Edmonson, saying she wanted to unify the commission and the community, threw her support to the only other nominee, Commissioner Jean Monestime. Amid a cheering full house, Monestime was unanimously elected the first Haitian-American chairman of the commission. He is a progressive Democrat and champion of the poor. We will allow our diversity to strengthen our community instead of divide us, a visibly moved Monestime said. Labor was loving it. I think its a breath of fresh air, said John Rivera, president of the P.B.A., the countys police union. It gives county employees the hope of respect and an open door and an open ear. We are excited. A conservative Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who has clashed with the unions, shrugged off Mondays lean to the left on the commission. In no way shape or form should party politics get involved with Miami-Dade County, Gimenez told CBS4s Gary Nelson. Listen, it hasnt worked very well in Washington, so why should it work well here? Out-going Chair Rebeca Sosa, a Republican, called Edmonsons support of Monestime to assume the chairmanship one of the most impressive political moments she had witnessed. In the love fest at county hall, it was indeed hard to tell the Democrats from the Republicans. For all his insistence that party isnt important in county politics, Mayor Gimenez may feel a shifting wind, however. It has been reported that he is considering changing his party affiliation from Republican to Independent.
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We need to mirror the reality of the world in which we operate, said Alan Colberg, president, Assurant. Assurant is proud to be recognized for our efforts around workplace diversity. An Equal Employment Opportunity employer, Assurant reinforces its inclusive culture by emphasizing the importance of diversity training and non-discrimination policy with employees and provides health and dental insurance coverage to same-sex partners and spouses. The company also established a diversity and inclusion working group comprised of human resources representatives from across the company. Everywhere we operate, our goal is to attract, hire and retain a diverse mix of talented employees who bring our values and purpose to life, said Colberg. We applaud the work of the Human Rights Campaign and champion such efforts to help us measure our progress and continue to improve. Assurant received a score of 90 out of 100 on the 2015 CEI index. This is five points higher than in 2014 and 10 points above Assurants scores in 2013 and 2012. A total of 971 businesses were rated in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. The Corporate Equality Index is the gold standard of LGBT inclusion in the workplace, and when companies take part it shows they are making a real commitment to treating their LGBT employees with equality and respect. No one should have to worry about being treated fairly on the job, especially on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and the CEI shows that, year after year, more and more companies are creating truly welcoming workplaces for all, said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin. For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/cei . About Assurant Assurant is a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America, Latin America, Europe and other select worldwide markets.
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November 24 2014

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Tempe Earns High Marks For Lgbt Support - East Valley Tribune: Tempe

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FREE & LOCAL Tempe earns high marks for LGBT support By Kaitlyn Thompson, Special to Tribune East Valley Tribune The city of Tempe has become a national front-runner in LGBT equality after scoring a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaigns Municipal Equality Index. The Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is a rating system the organization uses to evaluate cities on how they create equal opportunities for the LGBT community. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and the acronym has extended to include queer, question, asexual and intersex. The MEI has 47 criteria, all of which fall under one of six categories: nondiscrimination laws, relationship recognition, municipalitys employment policies, contracting nondiscrimination requirements, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement and municipal leadership on matters of equality. Only 38 cities out of a total of 353 that were indexed nationwide achieved a perfect score of 100, including Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson. Here in Tempe, we have a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. In 1999, we were one of the first cities to provide domestic partner benefits for our employees, and just this year, we approved an anti-discrimination ordinance and Tempe voters cemented it into place by voting overwhelmingly to add anti-discrimination language to our city charter, said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell during a press conference on Nov.12. The Tempe City Council has worked to increase its MEI rating after achieving a score of 72 in 2013, the first year it received a rating. When we first learned of our score of 72 in the 2013 Municipal Equality Index, we immediately set out to understand what we needed to do to commit real tangible improvement. For Tempe, our council, staff and citizens, this was not about points.
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Cigna Among HRC?s ?Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality? - Yahoo Finance

Cigna is honored to be among the 366 companies achieving a perfect score on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index. We are pleased to see continued growth in the list of companies that provide an inclusive environment for their LGBT employees and customers, said Rosanna Durruthy, Cigna's chief diversity officer. When Cigna says Together All the Way, the company promises to support its customers, employees and communities. To fulfill that promise, Cigna has programs in place to identify and meet the unique health and wellness needs of the LGBT community. Its Health Disparities Council works to eliminate health disparities that affect so many population groups, including those within the LGBT community. Cigna's Colleague Resource Groupsemployee networks representing key demographics offer personal insight into the needs of the many populations the company serves. In addition Cigna and the Cigna Foundation support LBGT non-profit charities including the Hetrick Martin Institute , Mazzoni Center , the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective / One Big Event , and others. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is Americas largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The HRCs Corporate Equality Index analyzes and ranks large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.
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November 21, 2014 12:59 PM . View photo MUFG Union Bank Earns 100 Percent Score on Human Rights Campaigns 2015 Corporate Equality Index SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MUFG Union Bank, N.A ., announced today that it has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaigns (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the second year that MUFG Union Bank has participated and received a perfect score in HRCs rating system, which serves as the national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. MUFG Union Bank is also recognized as a Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by HRC. MUFG Union Banks commitment to inclusion and diversity is illustrated in numerous programs, products and services, such as its nearly 20-year Local Heroes Awards, which celebrates cultural diversity, including extraordinary LGBT honorees; community partnerships ; an inclusive and highly engaged board of directors and workforce in which more than half of its board and employees are women and people of color; and a strong commitment to community development finance and diverse business lending . The bank also has one of the most diverse corporate boards of directors of any major U.S. company. We are extremely proud to receive a perfect score of 100 percent for the second consecutive year and a Best Places to Work recognition on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2015 Corporate Equality Index, said MUFG Union Banks Chief Human Resources Officer for the Americas Annemieke van der Werff. Celebrating diversity has been an integral part of our rich heritage, but diversity of people, backgrounds, and experiences is only as valuable as our ability to leverage it inclusively throughout our business.
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November 15 2014

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Dallas to shine light on racial justice with Facing Race event | Dallas Morning News

Cornell commissioned more than 5,000 officers in World War I, more than any other institutions including the military academies, Chappell-Williams said. We also, during World War II, inducted more officers and service members than any other institution with more than 20,000 Cornellians serving in this war. Howard, who currently serves as the 38th vice chief of naval operations, said she believes Veterans Day is a sacred occasion. Veterans Day is about service to your country with perseverance, duty and selflessness and from the first day of our military training we learned to value and cultivate those traits, Howard said. I can apply the words warrior, patriot, citizen and veteran, to every person whos ever served in our United States Military, Howard said. In her address, Howard listed women and men throughout history who she claimed served the country, including those who advocated for womens rights. In the summer of 1848 two women abolitionists 40 miles from here in Seneca Falls, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, put together the Seneca Falls Convention, advertised to discuss the social, civil or religious condition of women, Howard said. She explained how the Seneca Falls Convention lead to the Declaration of Sentiments, which listed the unequal legal and social status of women and called on the country and its residents to redress the issue. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott and countless others share an understanding of service to this country along with the veterans we honor today, Howard said. Through their selfless devotion to equality the Constitution is more inclusive and even more inspiring, Howard said. Howard also talked about Dawn Seymour 39, calling her an example of selflessness and service to the country. When the United States entered war she heard about Jackie Cochran heading up a program called Women Air Force Service Pilots, Howard said.
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In Dallas, a poll commissioned by the Embrey Family Foundation asked local Anglos, Latinos and African-Americans about their attitudes on discrimination. Results of the poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, will be officially released Thursday. Draft findings provided to The Dallas Morning News suggest that residents are somewhat hopeful that race relations in the city will improve in the next five years, with the vast majority motivated to move forward on the issue for the sake of their children. Overall, 40 percent were optimistic that race relations would improve, compared with 17 percent who said they would get worse. But differences exist by race: More whites were optimistic (44 percent) than African-Americans (41 percent). And both of those groups were significantly more hopeful than Latinos, 32 percent of whom think things will improve. Thirty-four percent of Latinos, meanwhile, said they thought discrimination would worsen. For the children Respondents cited children as the most important reason to face racial discrimination in Dallas, with 83 percent strongly agreeing with the statement, For our childrens sake, we need to do as much as we can to end racism. Education and the criminal justice system were the areas most cited as affected by racism. Respondents generally said racial equality could help boost the economy, with 87 percent viewing the citys diversity as a major asset. While residents assigned responsibility for dealing with racial issues to various entities, theyre looking to public servants to lead the way, with 82 percent giving responsibility to police officers and 80 percent to public teachers. Seventy-two percent of respondents and 82 percent of African-Americans assigned responsibility to churches.
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November 13 2014

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New York Life Partner Shares Life Insurance Tips For The Lgbt Community | Advocate.com

Pick n Pay Trying to Bridge Equality Divide Under Ex-Tesco Chief - Bloomberg

What brought you to New York Life Insurance Co.? I was approached by a New York Life partner at an event I attended. After researching New York Life and the opportunities within the company, and learning about the integrity, the reputation, and culture of inclusiveness, I knew that this was the company where I could help others and make a positive impact in their lives. What sets New York Life apart from other financial institutions for you? There are many factors I could point out when it comes to the uniqueness of New York Life, but two primary reasons come to mind. First, the sense of family. When I get to the office, it truly feels like home, and it is a place where I enjoy coming to every day. Second, the commitment the company makes to other peoples success this includes both the agents and clients. New York Life provides exceptional training and support, in addition to being committed to investing in the professional development of its teams. Why do you work in the LGBT market, and how has that increased your efforts with New York Life?
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Of the 24 points assigned to Fairbanks in the Index, 18 came as a direct result of the Oct. 12 same-sex marriage ruling. Outside of those 18 points, Fairbanks still saw improvement tripling its 2013 score, in fact. In 2013, Fairbanks received a total score of two points. The Human Rights Campaign awarded the city those two points for providing equivalent family leave to same-sex couples who at the time could not legally marry under state law. This year, Fairbanks was awarded six points outside those created in the wake of the same-sex marriage ruling. It kept its two points for providing equivalent family time, though that is now a statewide requirement, and it also received four points for the recent creation of a city diversity council. Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart said his administration has undertaken several tasks in an attempt to improve the citys openness to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. Foremost, Eberhart highlighted the creation of the Fairbanks Diversity Council in March, which came about as the result of an ordinance he introduced and which the council passed unanimously. Eberhart touted the fact that the diversity council, which is composed of 15 voting members, has at least two members of the gay community. The reports author, Kathryn Oakley, said one of the key items she ideally would like to see from cities with room for improvement would be the implementation of inclusive nondiscrimination wording for all potential city employees and contractors.
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Fairbanks gets big boost in LGBT equality rating - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Local News

Read More Close Open Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg Richard Brasher, chief executive officer of Pick n Pay Stores Ltd., speaks during an interview in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Nov. 7, 2014. Pick n Pay Stores Ltd. is striving to attract customers from all parts of the income spectrum as the South African grocer attempts to regain market share in one of the worlds most unequal countries. Chief Executive Officer Richard Brasher , the former head of Tesco Plcs U.K. unit, was hired last year to lead a turnaround of the Cape Town-based company after costs spiraled and profit slumped. Pick n Pay is competing for sales with larger competitor Shoprite Holdings Ltd. (SHP) , which caters for middle to lower end incomes, and Woolworths Holdings Ltd., which targets wealthier shoppers. Pick n Pay needs to do better at the upper end, but it equally needs to do better in the locations in which it operates where money is tight, Brasher, 53, said in an interview at Bloombergs Johannesburg offices on Nov. 7. A multi-colored tomato pack is relevant to one group of people, but an extra large beetroot is relevant to another group. More than 20 years after the countrys first all-race elections marked the end of white minority rule, South Africa remains one of the worlds most unequal countries , according to the World Bank.
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Mercer Study Reveals Well-intended Efforts On Gender Diversity Not Improving Workforce Progression Of Women - Yahoo Finance

The Techonomy 2014 Conference Is Here--And We're Ready - Forbes

Ritz_HalfMoonBay_00143_Galleries_1280x720 Yet, fewer than 15% of organizations monitor savings and offer retirement programs customized to different gender behaviors. Clearly, companies can do better in addressing and progressing gender equality in the workplace and leveraging the capabilities of a diverse workforce, said Ms. Milligan. Given the size of the untapped female workforce, greater participation of women has major implications for the economic and social development of communities and nations as well as business outcomes and performance. Priorities vary by region With women making up just 41% of the workforce globally, with higher representation in the US and Canada (48%) and significantly lower in Europe/Oceania and Latin America (37% and 33%, respectively), organizations worldwide are far from achieving gender equality. In terms of hiring, women in the US and Canada lag behind their male counterparts at every career level except the professional and executive levels, while women in Europe/Oceania lag behind in all but the manager level. Organizations in Latin America are the most aggressive in hiring women at entry-levels, but female hires begin to lag behind male hires above the manager level. While current efforts to move more women into top roles over the next decade will impact representation of women in the future, it will vary greatly by region. In US and Canada, the number of women at the highest ranks is on track to remain essentially flat over the next 10 years, with 26% of executive roles held by women in 2024 compared to 24% today. However, organizations in Europe/Oceania could make substantial gains in gender equality at the top of the house over the next 10 years as organizations in this region are expected to increase the number of women in executive roles from 18% to 47%. Latin American organizations could also show significant growth in female representation at the executive level over the next decade with growth expected to advance from 12% today to 39% by 2024. Importantly, how well organizations make use of female talent is a function of how well they attract, develop, and retain them.
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Today technology is inextricably entwined with just about every activity that humans undertake. We embrace that fact, and seek as a company to help the world take advantage of it. We cast our lens broadly across business and society in order to highlight and explore the manifold ways in which techs impact is felt. We believe there is no field in which tech is not having a transformative impact. Lines are being blurred, in large part by developments driven by technology, so that many once-distinct disciplines are overlapping, consolidating, and cross-fertilizing. We seek conversation at the highest level about the role of technology in business and social progress, as we advocate for greater understanding about the pace of change and what it means for everyone. Techonomy hosts conferences, like our recent Techonomy 2013 in Tucson. We also publish editorial content, including a growing amount of video journalism, across a number of platforms. We aim our programs and content at leaders, but we also believe that the definition of a leader is changing quickly. Thanks again in large part to technology, power is being broadly dispersed and leaders are emerging at every level of society more rapidly and fluidly than ever before.
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November 12 2014

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Mercer Study Reveals Well-intended Efforts On Gender Diversity Not Improving Workforce Progression Of Women - Yahoo Finance

Among survey participants, if current approaches continue unchanged, only one-third of executive positions will be held by women over the next 10 years. In the mature economies of the US and Canada, however, just one-fourth of women will hold executive positions by 2024, while female representation in developing countries is expected to grow more rapidly. While the diversity efforts of the past several decades have resulted in some improvements in womens participation rates and career trajectories, our research shows that were still decades away from true gender equality if we keep doing what were doing, said Pat Milligan, President of Mercers North America Region. Its time to act differently to realize the benefit of their full participation and address the unique needs of female employees. We were pleased to collaborate with Mercer on this ground-breaking research that assesses the actual patterns of gender representation to uncover what really drives gender diversity in organizations, said Aniela Unguresan, Co-founder of EDGE Certified Foundation that has established the only global business certification in workplace gender equality. It is clear that incremental change does not significantly move the needle. Disruptive change does. According to Mercers research, which broadly assesses the impact of organizational practices and policies on the representation and advancement of women in the workforce, organizations are still far from achieving gender equality. Despite making up 41% of the workforce globally, womens highest representation among all career levels is in support staff roles. Women make up 40% of the workforce at the professional level and 36% at the managerial level, but only 26% of senior managers and 19% of executives. Our research shows employers that are focused on holistic solutions to build diversity are most successful and organizations applying predictive analytics to link specific programs and talent strategies to the advancement, engagement, and retention of women are most effective, said Brian Levine, Innovation Leader for Mercers North America Workforce Strategy & Analytics consulting business.
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Open and Affirming may expand in Alamance County

Graphic by Jonathan Black, editor-in-chief. The ruling came following an April lawsuit filed by the United Church of Christ and after a coalition of Baptists, Lutherans and Unitarian Universalists argued that stating a marriage can only be between a man and woman is a crime. I thought it was going to take another five years, she said. The people of faith have been one of the groups to challenge it, and thats really cool. Click on imageto view the graphic in full size. Graphby Jonathan Black, editor-in-chief. Even though the state has legalized gay marriage, churches dont necessarily have to perform them. In a survey of 118 Elon students, 62 percent of respondents said if gay marriage is legal in a state, churches should have the right to refuse performing marriages. Thirty-five percent said they shouldnt be able to refuse, and three percent said they dont believe in gay marriage. Bosch said in an ideal world, it would be necessary for churches to accept people on the LGBTQIA spectrum, but it would create problems now. That could mean destructive things from the congregation when a sweeping change is made, he said.
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Mrs. George Clooney: Should wife take husband's last name? - San Jose Mercury News

Raj Bhutoria ,14, left, poses for a photograph with his mother Vinita , second from left, his brother Yash ,4, center, and his father Ajay , right, at According to Bosch, there are often two factors in place: First, an Im the only syndrome, meaning students often dont know anybody else who is devoutly religious and identifies as LGBTQIA, and second, the community response. Theres a very serious groupthink that if their church community knew, that they would be afraid for safety or impact their standing here at Elon, Bosch said. But in North Carolina, major steps have been made in the fight toward equality. On Oct. 10, a U.S. District Judge ruled the states denial of marriage rights to gay couples unconstitutional, a decision that surprised Wiley. The ruling came following an April lawsuit filed by the United Church of Christ and after a coalition of Baptists, Lutherans and Unitarian Universalists argued that stating a marriage can only be between a man and woman is a crime. I thought it was going to take another five years, she said. The people of faith have been one of the groups to challenge it, and thats really cool. Click on imageto view the graphic in full size. Graphby Jonathan Black, editor-in-chief. Even though the state has legalized gay marriage, churches dont necessarily have to perform them.
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Graphic by Jonathan Black, editor-in-chief. When we asked readers for their views on the subject, more than 400 men and women shared their stories via email and on Facebook. "Coming up with women's lib and Gloria Steinem, I just felt that (giving up my last name) symbolized a loss of identity on my part," wrote Lisa Maxe, of Saratoga. "How could I stop being who I was? It would have made me feel like I was my husband's property, or like I was living a lie." Those in the other camp said they did so for the sake of marital and family unity. "There was a time when (marriage was about) a man and woman becoming one body and one flesh," one woman wrote on Facebook. " Psychologically, it gives a child a sense of being on the same team as their parents," another reader wrote. Longtime San Jose resident Jeff Kershaw, who lives and works in Moscow, said in an email that he would be hurt if his Russian fiance didn't take his name. "I don't think of it as some sign of ownership or subservience," he says. "It is no more and no less than a sign of love and respect." Statistically, the traditional approach still wins. Only a small portion of American women -- as few as 6 percent -- keep their maiden names, according to a 2007 study for the U.S.
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November 11 2014

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The Wesleyan Argus | sald Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership conference

One of the two panel discussions in the first block was hosted by Michelle Lee 16 and Ji Sung Jung 17, two members of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK.) Their discussion focused on educating members of the University community about the current situation in the Koreas, offering historical background and more information on the current human rights violations in North Koreanprisons. Lee stressed the importance of these commonly under-acknowledgedissues. I really want people to be educated about human rights violations in North Korea, because the media only talks about how Kim-Jong Un hangs out with little American baseball players, Leesaid. Lee and Jung hosted a concluding brainstorming session to discuss ways that the University community can help. They specifically addressed the notions of donating money to help prisoners reestablish their liveselsewhere. I think as a Wesleyan community, we always emphasize diversity, Jung said. Its not only with people that relate to us; we try to reach out to any kind of people that we can. Its definitely one of the things that people need to be more aware of, and if we can make a collective impacttogether. Another panel, hosted by Rachel Leicher 15 and Aimee Jones Wilkerson 17, focused on slacktivism. This term is used to describe the debate regarding whether sharing a cause via social media is an adequate means of activism. Issues debated ranged from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to debates over Israel andPalestine. Jones Wilkerson explained her rationale for bringing this topic to theconference. Over the summer, there were so many...movements or historical movements that were happening that people had opinions on, and I saw a lot of people from the Wesleyan community comment on it, Jones Wilkerson said.
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16 Incredibly Impressive Students At Princeton - Business - Benton Evening News - Benton, IL - Benton, IL

With 10chapters and an international branch in Paris they have collectively raised more than $40,000 for a children's hospital being built in Eldoret, Kenya. Earlier this year, Team U organized a weekend-long conference called the National Endurance Sports Summit , which Benun (a two-time Ironman Triathlon finisher) calls the biggest challenge he has ever faced. More than 170members came together at Princeton for panels, workouts, networking, and collaborating on the organization's objectives. Benun, who also serves as cofounder of Good St., a tech and design nonprofit startup that makes frequent charitable giving a breeze, says he will follow his passions into social entrepreneurship, fitness, law, or international relations. Julia Ratcliff is the top-ranked hammer thrower in the NCAA. Class of 2016 Its easy enough to stand out as one of 15 students from New Zealand at Princeton. But Kiwi-born Julia Ratcliff shines for being No. 1 in a vastly unrecognized track and field event: the hammer throw. This year, Ratcliff won the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw and was named Princetons Female Athlete of the Year 2013-2014. It was Princetons first womens track and field individual national title, according to ESPN .
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November 10 2014

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Andrew Cuomo Is Declared Winner Over Rob Astorino: Ap | New York Observer

That's according to a new report released Thursday by Mercer, a global consulting company, which examined data of more than 1.7 million employees at 164 companies in 28 countries. Businesses are ignoring female talent. Even though women make up 41% of the workforce globally, few make the decisions at the top. Instead, they're working support roles in lower levels. Related: Sarah Silverman launches campaign to close wage gap That's not to say progress hasn't been made. We are in the midst of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In campaign and the #GirlBoss movement, but the numbers overall are still abysmal. Out of the organizations surveyed, 36% of women are at the managerial level, 26% are in senior management and only 19% are executives. To get those numbers more balanced, Mercer found that it isn't enough to just provide women with programs like flexible work schedules and leave policies. The only way to have true change is for management to make female leadership -- and equal pay -- a priority. Related: Women build bigger businesses "A significant number of CEOs and very senior male executives say the most important thing is that their senior executives actually understand the economic development of having a diverse workforce and are held accountable," said Pat Milligan, president of Mercer's North America region. She said teams should be expected to hire and develop their workforce to be as equal as possible, and that management should treat those expectations just like how employees have to hit sales or profit goals.
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The Argonaut ? Commemorating the deceased

| Argonaut Jesse Martinez, Interim Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs poses by the El Color de Nuestra Tierra filer Cuomo, a Democrat, just minutes after the polls closed and before vote totals were available for Mr. Astorino and Howie Hawkins, a Green Party candidate. Later returns showed Mr. Cuomo winning about 54 percent of the vote with 86 percent of precincts reporting. I feel good about what we did and I feel good about how we did it, Mr. Cuomo declared. We said that New York is at its best when it acts like a family. We said that what makes New York special is when others are challenged by diversity, we celebrate it, he added as chants of four more years rained down upon him. We invite people in to join the family. The governor did not hold an election night party for his primary win but packed plenty of supporters into the Sheraton Hotel ballroom in Midtown. Speaking with the backdrop of an immense American flag, Mr. Cuomo promised to pass a bevy of liberal priorities like the Dream Act, public financing of elections and another minimum wage hikeand reminded everyone in the room he would still not tack too far left, where he is less comfortable. We said that we would not be pushed or pulled by the extreme forces on the left or the right, that we would always remember the guiding starthis service to the people, Mr.
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The student activist group Movimiento Activista Social (MAS), the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of Modern Languages and Culture and ASUI will host the event. I think is really great with the event that were doing with the Dia de los Muertos is that its a way to tie together with the community around here, said Ashley Kerr, a UI Spanish professor. We invite community members from Moscow and the surrounding areas to come so its a chance for us in the Spanish department and as a university to connect with the outside world. Emily Mosset |Argonaut Promoting the upcoming event on Saturday, the El Color de Nuestra Tierra poster stands among other advertised student events Interim Director at the Office of Multicultural Affairs Jesse Martinez said celebrations like Dia de los Muertos highlight the entire Hispanic population. A lot of times, when people hear the word Latino they usually think Mexican because thats usually the most experience theyve had with Latinos, Martinez said. This is really to show the diversity of Latin America and South America as well. There will be performances, poems, theres going to be a lot of artistic showcases to illustrate the diversity within the Latino community. Dia de los Muertos is split into two separate celebrations. Nov. 1 is the day to remember the souls of children, or Dia de los Inocentes. They are honored with special designs in the altars, using the color white on flowers and candles. The day to remember deceased adults takes place Nov. 2.
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