M. L. King Jr. 2015 Holiday Address To Be Delivered By Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, First Female President Of Alabama State University

Op-ed: Bosses Need to Step Up for Their Trans Employees | Advocate.com

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. Bernice A. King. The Service, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s 86th birthday anniversary and the 29th holiday observance in his honor, will be held at Atlantas Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary on Monday, January 19, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. In addition to serving as president of Alabama State University since February of this year, Dr. Boyd has served on the Presidents Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and as the 22nd National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an organization of 250,000 members.
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However, despite this announcement, there is still no federal law directly protecting LGBT people against job discrimination, and many employees are still at risk of losing their employment if they decide to reveal their sexual orientation or transgender status. Unfortunately, there are far fewer workplace examples like Tim Cook for transgender people, and many employees who are understanding their gender identity or transitioning face intense confusion and discrimination from their colleagues. While Laverne Cox, the star from Orange Is the New Black,writer and advocate Janet Mock , and Lauren Scott , the former Republican nominee in Nevadas 30th Assembly District, are bringing issues of gender identity to the national consciousness, there is still a tremendous amount of work needed to increase cultural competency and social equity. In most states, an employee can be terminated based on their actual or percieved gender identity. Progress is being made, but only 18 states and the District of Columbia have passed specific laws against discrimination on the basis gender identity or expression. The workplace can be a very closeted and lonely experience. This is why the responsibility to improve social equity in the workplace needs to be placed on administrators and managers. As a professor at University of San Franciscos School of Management, my goal is to provide a voice to marginalized communities by creating a generation of administrators, managers, and leaders who are culturally competent and aware of complex issues of identity and how that relates to the workplace. My research explores the roles managers and public administrators play in social equity, and what I see, more and more, is that a productive work environment embraces diversity and allows individual employees to feel comfortable in their roles.
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Student first to get same-sex marriage license | Student Life

Lilly-Sadie-Engagement-18 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. Leyh is also involved in OUTLook, the Brown Schools LGBT group, and is a co-president for the Branch Out for Olin. Leyh met Pierce in a class in the Brown School and the classs professor, Anna Shabsin, also a board member for Promo, performed their marriage ceremony. Leyh said she can only speak highly of the Brown School as an incredibly supportive and inclusive community. Although Leyh was not out as an undergraduate, she has since worked with Student Involvement and Leadership to help plan and run the Lavender Recognition Ceremony in 2013. This graduation ceremony honors LGBT students by bringing together members of this community to recognize how sexuality and gender have influenced their time at Washington University.
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Vusm Student Develops Guide On Health Needs Of Lgbt Patients

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This book is the first step, said Eckstrand, who has chaired the committee since 2012. The AAMC is the first and only academic health association to produce a comprehensive evidence-based curriculum and institutional guide. This book has several goals: to provide education around the health needs of LGBT individuals, highlight the role of academic medical centers in supporting these populations, provide support to medical schools and medical educators in integrating this content into medical education as well as improving institutional culture and climate for LGBT students, faculty, staff and patients. A standardized set of 30 competencies related to sexuality, gender and sex development for all students and trainees to be competent in is outlined. The publication also describes the importance of institutional climate and faculty continuing education. Eckstrand, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate, has been involved in LGBT initiatives on both the national and local levels. At Vanderbilt she is the founder and co-director of the Vanderbilt program for LGBTI Health, an innovative effort to improve the care of LGBTI patients. Eckstrand said diversity in medical education has evolved since she first arrived at Vanderbilt in 2008. Basically, medical education has paralleled the national stage on LGBT issues, Eckstrand said. As more states are eliminating discriminatory policies, passing same-sex marriage laws and moving toward equality for all people, medical education has taken responsibility for its role in educating the next generation of physicians to provide comprehensive care for LGBT patients.
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From every part of San Diego, the Heroes and their closest friends and family, got together under one roof to celebrate the diversity that is the people of San Diego and their accomplishments. The honorees for Black history month are: Cosmetologist, Tessie Bonner, who aids in the fight against breast cancer in the African American community, and the three resilient Montford Point Marines; Retired Gunnery Sergeant Dr. Carrel Reavis, Retired First Sergeant Joe Earl Jackson, and Retired Gunnery Sergeant J.T. Inge, who inspire young men and woman of all racial background with their strength and have shaped the history of the country we live in. The honorees for American Indian Heritage month are: Roy Cook, Opata Oodham, and Dr. Daniel Joseph Calac, Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Council, both men are active in preserving and the health and heritage in the American Indian heritage. The honorees for Disability awareness month are: Alex Montoya: Manager of Latino Affairs, San Diego Padres, and Travis David Ricks: Senior Programs Manager and Athlete Relations, Challenged Athletes Foundation, both demonstrating that nothing is unattainable with hard work and loving family and friends. The honorees for the LGBT Pride month are: Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle, Founder and President, St.
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Miami-Dade Commission Takes Tilt To Left, Names First-Ever Haitian-American Chair « CBS Miami

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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Weekly Address: Happy Thanksgiving From The Obama Family | The White House

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Gay Pride Parade He gave thanks for the many Americans who sacrifice every day, from volunteer workers who serve their communities, to men and women in unform who serve us all. OnThanksgiving, a holiday that is uniquely American, he reminded us to focus on what unites — our commitment to American ideals like justice and equality and our gratitud and love for our country. The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, November 27, 2014. Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address The White House November 27, 2014 On behalf of the Obama family — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and Sunny — I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. Like many of you, we’ll spend the day with family and friends, catching up, eating some good food and watching a little football. Before we lift a fork, we lend a hand by going out in the community to serve some of our neighbors in need. And we give thanks for each other, and for all of God’s blessings. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because, more than any other, it is uniquely American. Each of us brings our own traditions and cultures and recipes to the table — but we all share this day, united by the gratitude for the bounty of this nation.
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White House Shareables In 2012, Fort Worth scored 89 out of 100. In 2013 it had 91, and this year it dropped to 83 without altering policies. But the Human Rights Campaign altered its scoring criteria, which David Mack Henderson, president of Fairness Fort Worth, said makes it difficult to judge the progress cities are making. We are not comparing an apple with an apple, unfortunately, when we compare the scores from one year to the next because their scoring system changes, he said. It is still a compelling tool, but the problem is when you stick a score out there, the general public just looks at a score and compares it to the last score. They dont do all the homework. In addition, Angie Rush, human relations administrator with the city, said the scoring criteria do not seem consistent from city to city. For example, Fort Worth received full points in 2013 for the Fort Worth school districts anti-bullying policy that specifically includes protection for gender identity. In 2014, however, the city got no points in that category because not all the school districts within the city limits have the same enumerated policy, and in changing criteria this year, the Human Rights Campaign said all school districts in the city must have such policies for the city to receive credit. But Dallas, where not all school districts in the city have such anti-bullying policies, received full credit in that category. They gave those same points to Dallas who has the same issue that we would, so I dont know that there are errors, but I think it was applied differently, said Rush.
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Fish & Richardson Receives “best Place To Work” Designation From The Human Rights Campaign – Yahoo Finance

companies on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality. Fish was one of only 89 law firms to receive the highest possible rating of 100 percent. At Fish & Richardson, we uphold the core values of diversity and inclusion not simply because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes good business sense, said Ahmed Davis, Principal and National Chair of Fishs Diversity Initiative. Looking ahead, we will continue to pursue new ways to advance the cause of diversity. Overall, 366 companies achieved a 100 percent rating. Ratings are based on providing equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses; ending benefits discrimination for transgender employees and dependents; demonstrating firm-wide organizational competency on LGBT issues; and demonstrating firm-wide public commitment to and engagement with the LGBT community. In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating LGBT employees fairly and equally, said HRC President Chad Griffin. We also look at whether a company is speaking out to advocate for LGBT equality around the world. Fish & Richardson 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. Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign is the nations largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, representing more than 1.5 million members and supporters. Fish & Richardson is a global patent, intellectual property (IP) litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe. Fish has been named the #1 patent litigation firm in the U.S.
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Gas Companies Lag on LGBT Equality | ConvenienceStoreNews

The HRC is the nations largest LGBT civil rights organization. A record 366 businesses earned the CEIstop score of 100 this year, but just one of them San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. is an oil and gas company. Other oil and gas companies that made strides this year are Marathon Oil Corp. of Houston, which improved its score to 75 from 15 last year; and ConocoPhillips of Houston, which increased its score to 75 from 55 the previous year. Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. were also among the sectors top performers. According to the HRC, there were no new survey participants this year from the oil and gas sector, which has the second-worst response rate out of the 40 industries that the organization researches and includes in its annual index. Despite repeated invitations and encouragement to participate, only eight oil and gas companies return their surveys and receive an official CEI rating, said Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundations Workplace Equality Program.
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Mufg Union Bank Earns 100 Percent Score On Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index – Yahoo Finance

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. This recognition tells us that we are doing a good job, not only at creating diversity, but at inclusion. Another example of MUFG Union Banks commitment to the LGBT community and its employees is UB PROUD, the banks employee resource group for LGBT employees and allies. UB PROUD works to strengthen the ties between colleagues, senior management, clients and community members by increasing visibility and awareness for the LGBT community. The bank also supports and participates in LGBT Pride celebrations throughout the West Coast, and supports a number of LGBT community and non-profit organizations, including a long-standing partnership with the Financial Services Industry Exchange (FSIX). We have worked diligently to create a welcoming culture that enables us to attract, develop and retain diverse talent, respond to broad customer segments, and partner effectively with our communities, including the LGBT community, said van der Werff. 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.
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In Battle of Sexes at Central Banks, Thai Women Have Already Won – Yahoo Finance

Around the world, 19 out of 190 central banks and monetary authorities were run by women as of Oct. 6, including Russia, Ukraine, South Africa and Israel, according to Central Bank News in Boulder, Colorado. Most are in smaller economies such as the Seychelles, Honduras and Cyprus. “Many developing countries do not have fully flexible exchange rates,” said Freund at the Peterson Institute. “This means the central bank plays a much less important role in the economy because monetary policy flexibility is limited.” Graduate Pipeline Equality in the central bank doesn’t necessarily translate into equal opportunities elsewhere. In many Southeast Asian countries women face challenges in accessing educational, economic and political opportunities, according to the World Economic Forum. In the region, only the Philippines made the top 10 of the WEF’s 2014 gender gap index of 142 countries. Thailand comes in at 61, while Malaysia is 107. In politics, Thailand has gone backward in gender equality since the military coup in May. Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had three female ministers including herself, and women held 82 of the 492 seats in the lower house. Of the 220 seats in the new military-appointed National Legislative Assembly, 13 are women.
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Mgm Resorts Named One Of The ‘best Places To Work For Lgbt… — Las Vegas, Nov. 20, 2014 /prnewswire/ —

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. That’s a 22 percent increase since 2012, when the CEI criteria first included trans-inclusive health care as a requisite for companies to receive a perfect score. One third of Fortune 500 companies now offer trans-inclusive health care, up from zero in 2002 when the CEI was first published. Eighty-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies, while 66 percent include gender identity.
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In Battle of Sexes at Central Banks, Thai Women Have Already Won – Yahoo Finance

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. “So it’s more about our society and the environment in our country that are supportive for women to work and advance their careers.” Other central banks in Southeast Asia have also promoted women to top posts. Zeti Akhtar Aziz is in her 14th year running Bank Negara Malaysia, where women make up 38 percent of senior management, while in the Philippines, three of six assistant deputy governors are women. Limited Flexibility “The inclusion of women in the financial and economic mainstream is no longer an option,” Zeti said in Bangkok in July.
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Cash Under Mattress May Be Better Than G-20 Bank: Opening Line – Bloomberg

Mt. Holly Quakers concerned about ‘lack of diversity’ on police force – Burlington County Times: Burlington County | Local news | Breaking News

Police lights *** Todays U.S. economic indicators begin with initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EST, followed by Bloomberg consumer comfort at 9:45 a.m., JOLTS job openings report at 10 a.m., and the monthly budget report at 2 p.m. U.S. earnings reports are coming from Kohls, Viacom, RCS Capital, and Wal-Mart before the opening bell. Nordstrom and Applied Materials report after market close. F5 Networks, P&G, UPS, and News Corp . hold investor meetings today. *** – EU, U.S. to discuss expanding Russian sanctions amid latest incursion into Ukraine.
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There are no other minority members. According to the 2010 U.S. census, the municipality has 9,536 residents, 2,037 of whom are black (21.4 percent) and 1,210 Hispanic (12.7 percent). The police force is about 89 percent white, something that Myers said is a concern of the Quakers. It doesnt represent the town, and we are going to address it, Berry said. The township subscribes to the states civil service system when hiring employees, and so officers must meet certain requirements, including educational and physical ones, testing, and a background check, Berry said. That has impacted the pool of candidates available, he said. The township plans to soon roll out programs aimed at recruiting young people, including minorities, who can become officers, according to Berry. The programs would focus on bringing in young cadets and recruiting from faith-based organizations, he said. We have to do a little better job of outreach, Berry said.
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The Wesleyan Argus | SALD Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference

This was followed by an activity intended to fostered a discussion about privilege and of how identity can be used to work toward the equality ofothers. All attendees were provided plastic cups full of beads, and statements were read out loud. Participants were asked to add beads into their cups for positive statements and subtract beads for negative statements. Students were encouraged to drop the beads in a plastic cup to serve as a tangible reminder that individuals in the community can both struggle and beprivileged. 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.
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Kellogg’s Tony The Tiger Becomes Target Of Antigay Group | Advocate.com

The Wesleyan Argus | SALD Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Conference

They even put an ad in the Pride Guide, mocked AFA , sparking a string of vitriol from its followers, many of whom advocated for a boycott. Good Bye Kellogg’s, you’re not so GREAAATTT!!! Anymore, posted Maria Trivisonno, who received over 300 likes for her comment. what they’ve done to tony is thoroughly disgusting. they won’t stop until every comic character in the world is a homosexual. criminal is what it is. so sad, added Joe M. Wesson. Camel got heat for marketing cigarettes to children because of their cartoon camel.
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All attendees were provided plastic cups full of beads, and statements were read out loud. Participants were asked to add beads into their cups for positive statements and subtract beads for negative statements. Students were encouraged to drop the beads in a plastic cup to serve as a tangible reminder that individuals in the community can both struggle and beprivileged. 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.
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Yalenews | Yalewomen And Women Faculty Forum Unite To Examine Gender Rules

Kellogg Gay Pride Ad Draws Support, Backlash

The 2014 conference, the first major event undertaken jointly by the two groups, fulfilled the aspirations for a way to tap into the talents of the women represented by a Yale womens network of both faculty and graduates that were voiced in 2001 at the WFFs inaugural conference titled Gender Matters, by Linda Koch Lorimer 77 J.D. , then the vice president and secretary of the university and now vice president for global and strategic initiatives, and one of the moderators of the 2014 event. Lorimer in 2001 asked, Could we imagine a new sisters connection, one that had such a robust inventory of the resources Yale women represent (our experiences, talents and interests) that we could call upon one another to help address the larger issues facing our society? The sessions at this years Gender Rules conversation both celebrated gains that have been made in gender diversity on campus and in the broader society and candidly examined areas where equality has not yet been achieved in the academy, in the corporate world, and in the public sector. Speakers also shared strategies to improve access and outcomes, in keeping with the organizers goal not only to expose problems but also to propose solutions. Opened by YaleWomen Chair Laura Grondin 85 and Professor Paula Kavathas, chair of the WFF, the day closed with a conversation on diversity at Yale with President Peter Salovey 86 Ph.D. and Provost Benjamin Polak, who stated, An excellent faculty is a diverse faculty. Catherine Hill 85 Ph.D., president of Vassar College and a trustee of Yale, moderated one session. Hill was one of two Yale alumnae college presidents to return to campus as conference presenters, along with Kathleen McCartney 82 Ph.D., president of Smith College. Alumnae and friends on the faculty of the University of California-Davis, Rutgers, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Yeshiva, and The New School also gave presentations, along with leaders from eBay and the Ms. Foundation for Women, and Yale faculty from the Schools of Law, Management, and Medicine, and the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology, History of Art, Political Science, and Womens, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Miko McGinty 93, 98 M.F.A.
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Kellogg Gay Pride Ad in the Atlanta Pride March official guide. Ed Vitagliano of the American Family Association says that his organization has two complaints against the Kellogg ad. First, he says that he doesnt believe that its the place of corporate America to weigh in on gay rights issues in the first place. Our policy toward corporate America and companies that serve the public is that we ask them to remain neutral in this battle over same-sex marriage. We dont expect them to take our side but we dont expect them to support groups that want to legalize same-sex marriage. So we let our followers and supporters know because these companies rely on the patronage of their customers; and there are a lot of people who, in their own states, voted to keep marriage between one man and one woman. I dont think they appreciate knowing that the companies they buy products from are working against that. Secondly, he takes issue with the fact that Tony The Tiger , who he claims is a cartoon character aimed at children, appears in the ad as the face of the company. They really have no choice but to put Tony the Tiger forward as the representative of Kelloggs making this statement wear your stripes with pride. But we do not approve of charging children with this messages that their parents might not approve. The Kellogg company is standing behind the ad. Kellogg spokesperson Mark King states, via the Battle Creek Enquirer , that the Kellogg company which employs about 30,000 people is honored to have been recognized by a gay rights organization as one of the more gay-friendly places to work in the U.S.
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Why Falling Down Stairs In Your Underwear Is Solid Prep For Being A Female Director | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

I heard my jaw crack and I lost my front teeth. But Radio City was filled with little kids and there was no understudy. So I remember trying to keep my teeth and blood in my mouth. I had to crawl through this tunnel under the stage to do a wardrobe change spitting out teeth and blood. Then they fired me, and never paid for my dental work. That was the beginning of it all. Pirate Bae Alexanders career has been defined by doing things the hard way. Not only is she a female director known for violent, edgy, for-lack-of-a-better-word bro movies, shes recently become a vocal advocate for movie piracy. She describes a Robin Hood-esque fight against Hollywood corruption, driven as much by race and gender inequality as anything.. I really started gradually, says Alexander of her stance on piracy. I wrote a [blog post] a few months back and I was fairly uneducated about it. Its still a difficult subject because Im not saying everybody should watch films for free, because films are an expensive art.
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Mayor-elect Tom Bradley at the celebration of his election May 30, 1973. (Photo: Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation at UCLA) Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that individual states should have the power to determine rules for marriage. The decision diverges from other appellate opinions across the nation. The decision allows Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan to continue restricting same-sex unions — at least for now. But people on all sides of the same-sex marriage issue agree that the 6th Circuit decision will likely draw the Supreme Court back into the fight. The Supreme Court decided “not to decide” last month, but said a split in authority between appellate opinions would likely force the court back into the ring. Lindsey and Megan Smith, from left to right, Ashley and Dawn Collins and Cody Layne listen at a rally in response to a federal court opinion that upheld state bans on gay marriage at the Walnut St. Bridge in Chattanooga on Nov. 7, 2014. Photo by Maura Friedman /Chattanooga Times Free Press. enlarge photo Mark West, president of the Chattanooga tea party, previously told the Times Free Press, “They [the 6th Circuit majority] resisted the temptation to just go with the politically correct decision.
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Rally on Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge supports gay marriage (with video) | Times Free Press

photo Producer: Sarah Botstein. Contact: Kate Kelly, kkelly@weta.org , 703-998-2072. Explores personal and intellectual transformation of incarcerated men and women in the Bard Prison Initiative, a highly successful prison education program in New York state. Ken Burns looks on as songwriter Tom T. Hall signs a guitar. (Photo: Craig Melish) Country Music (w.t.) Producing organizations: A co-production of Florentine Films and WETA. Distributor: PBS. Presenting station: WETA. Length: 7 x 120. Status: production. Major funders: Bank of America, Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Annenberg Foundation, Better Angels Society, CPB, PBS.
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