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
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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