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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Why Falling Down Stairs In Your Underwear Is Solid Prep For Being A Female Director | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Over 300 Corporate Representatives and Experts Gather in Hong Kong to Explore How Diversity and Inclusion Drives Competitive Advantage – Yahoo Finance

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. But the issue is that there are bigger crooks on the other side. Why isnt a rich organization like the MPAA funding any sort of diversity or gender-equality program? Theyre going into other countries and collecting 92.5% of the creative money, then going and arresting these kids. I was outraged by that. That was the biggest injustice Id ever heard about. Alexander recently posted a photo of herself holding a Free Peter Sunde sign in support of the co-founder of torrent site Pirate Bay. Just this week, Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrick Neij was also arrested in Thailand. They join a U.K.
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The 10 percent plan has also opened the University to poor, working-class and rural white students who had been excluded before. The only reason not to adopt such a plan is to maintain the elitism, and the Universitys prerogative to do whatever they want with no public accountability. As the University has become more privatized and focused on the interests of rich donors over the interests of the students and the character of education, the administration has risen to a new level of arrogance, hypocrisy and utter disregard for the minority, women, immigrant and international students on this campus. This administration has a well-rehearsed routine of saying pious words about diversity, making false promises, creating distractions from the real issues and co-opting and threatening student leaders. The recent statements by University President Mark Schlissel at the Board of Regents meeting about the Universitys diversity plan made clear that nothing has changed on the part of the administration. The Daily reported that Schlissel announced the administration had formed a leadership committee to consider the changes recommended by the provosts faculty-led committee on diversity and inclusion and the committee released a report detailing several potential changes, including the creation of a strategic plan for diversity. Regarding the administrations ongoing meetings with the Black Student Union, Schlissel said These ongoing discussions are resulting in very productive consultations. What?! Every year, the administration creates another committee to work on minority enrollment or campus climate or sexual assault awareness, and they are always the same: Diversity Blueprints, Expect Respect, and now Change It Up and the Inclusive Language Campaign, the committee for student input regarding renovations to the Trotter Multicultural Center and the decade-long search for a more central location for the building. Its time to cut the crap. WE DONT WANT ANY MORE COMMITTEES.
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Viewpoint: Minority enrollment – The Michigan Daily

“We have worked hard to help companies understand that embracing diversity and inclusion is critical to being an employer of choice,” said Mrs. Fern Ngai, CEO of Community Business. “But if we are to engage business leaders and make diversity and inclusion core to business strategy, we have to help companies see the link with achieving competitive advantage in the external market place. That’s what this conference is all about.” For the first time, the Conference has specific tracks for different audiences.The Female Advantage Programme on Day 1 is specially designed for those looking to leverage the competitive advantage that female talent brings to leadership and organizational success in Asia, whilst the Taking the Lead with LGBT Programme on Day 2 is targeted at those passionate about progressing LGBT inclusion in Asia and achieving market differentiation. Besides these two tracks, there are breakout sessions on culture, disability, religion, and generations, as well as a wealth of case studies that will stimulate dialogue and offer practical takeaways for delegates to bring back to their workplaces. Over 300 business leaders, senior human resources and diversity professionals, corporate and public affairs peers, related consultants and representatives of NGOs from Hong Kong, Australia, Europe North America and other Asian countries have registered to join the engaging conversations with globally renowned thought leaders and opinion makers, including: Shubha Chacko, Executive Director, Solidarity Foundation, and Director, Aneka Agnes Chan, Managing Partner, Hong Kong and Macau, EY Gigi Chao, Executive Director, Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Ltd and an advocate for LGBT rights Rosalind Chin, Reporter, Bloomberg Television Susanne Yuk-Ping Choi, Professor of Sociology and Co-director of Gender Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Roy Chua, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University Tracy Ann Curtis, Founder and Principal Consultant, TAC Global Annemarie Durban, Group Head, Independent Governance; & Workplace, Standard Chartered Bank Simon Feeke, Head of Workplace, Stonewall (UK) Deena Fidas, Director, Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation (US) Mark E Fowler, Managing Director of Programs, Tanenbaum Avril Henry, Managing Director, Avril Henry Pty Ltd, and author of books”Leadership Revelations II How Australians Lead in Crises” and “Breaking Down Generational Barriers At Work” Dawn Hough, Director, Pride in Diversity (Australia) Jane Hyun, Founder & President, Hyun & Associates, and author of books “FLEX” and “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling” Ramy Inocencio, Wall Street Journal Deputy Editor, Video, Asia Pacific Christine Ip, Managing Director, CEO Hong Kong, United Overseas Bank and Advisor, Faith and Global Engagement Program for University of Hong Kong Mark Kaplan, internationally renowned thought leader and co-author of the highly acclaimed business book, “The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off” Raj Kumar, Vice President of Global Consulting, UCSI Consulting Shalini Mahtani, MBE, Founder and Board Director, Community Business Keerthana Mohan, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Asia Pacific, Google Shakir Moin, VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Greater China & Korea, Coca-Cola Beverages (Shanghai) Apurva Purohit, CEO– Radio City 91.1FM and author of “Lady, You’re Not a Man” Janet Ramey, Vice President, Technical Services, Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, Cisco Su-Mei Thompson, CEO, The Women’s Foundation Gulnar Vaswani, Principal Consultant, Best Foot Forward International Nadine Vogel, CEO, Springboard Consulting LLC, and author of “DIVE IN, Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential of the Special Needs Workforce” Since its debut in 2005, the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Conference, organised by Community Business every 2 years, has become the primary forum for discussion on D&I issues as they relate to Asia– with an established reputation for bringing together the most inspirational and informed speakers on the subject and pushing the boundaries of discussion. The platinum sponsors of the Conference this year are Coca-Cola and Standard Chartered Bank, and gold sponsors are Cisco and Google, all of them champion D&I in Asia and are long-term partners of Community Business. For details about the Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Conference and the speakers, please visit: http://programme.communitybusiness.org/diasiaconf2014/ and https://www.facebook.com/DnIAsia . Follow live feeds of the Conference with the hashtag #DIAsia on Twitter. Media Contact: joy.tsang@communitybusiness.org About Community Business Community Business is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to lead, inspire and support businesses to improve their positive impact on people and communities. As a thought leader in corporate responsibility in Asia, Community Business conducts research, facilitates events and networks, leads campaigns and provides consultancy and training. Its major areas of focus include: Corporate Responsibility Strategy, Diversity & Inclusion, Work-Life Balance and Community Investment. Founded in 2003 and based in Hong Kong, Community Business works with leading organisations across the Asia region. For more information, http://www.communitybusiness.org .
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Apple Ceo Says He’s ‘proud To Be Gay’ – Nasdaq.com

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Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, has spoken in support of traditional marriage and the company’s charitable arm has donated to groups opposing same-sex marriage. His stance sparked a backlash among some consumers, but it sent many others lining up at stores to support the executive and his views. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this year, Mr. Cathy said his candor harmed business, and said he wouldn’t speak out further–though, he added, his beliefs haven’t changed. Openly gay executives are still rare, even as companies have ramped up their recruitment of employees who are gay or transgender, and have expanded benefits for same-sex spouses. Mr. Cook is believed to be the only openly gay CEO among the Fortune 500 list of top U.S. companies. Mr.
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For LGBT Workforce, Apple CEO Tim Cook Identifying As Gay Is A Monumental Shift, Activists Say

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Its important for the gay community to know that they are supported and have allies that will support issues such as job security to marriage equality, said PFLAG President Kathy Seibert.

During the festival Mayor Adam Barringer read a city proclamation that expressed the citys support for the festival and the LGBTQ community at large.

This is a celebration of all lifestyles and we have a very diverse community, Barringer said, adding that he hoped the event would send a positive message to all cities and residents in Volusia County.

While the festival is not political in nature, it gave several gay-rights advocates and couples the opportunity to voice their support for the legalization of gay marriage a heavily debated issue in Florida that is awaiting a ruling by a U.S. District Appeals Court.

In August U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the states gay marriage ban was unconstitutional but placed a stay on the decision. Since then the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up similar cases in other states, giving advocates leverage to ask for removal of the stay. On Friday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested that a federal judge keep a same-sex marriage ban in place until the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the matter.

Bondi cited great public interest in the stability of the states marriage law until the appeal is ruled on.
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Yet Sears and other activists say Cooks announcement is monumental for Americas gay workforce. Despite years of improvements to corporate policies, many employees still find themselves in the same spot Sears was in 1998. More than half of all LGBT workers are closeted on the job because they fear discrimination or unequal treatment, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights organization. Theres a good deal of the country where an announcement such as [Cooks] could get you fired, Beck Bailey, the campaigns deputy director of employee engagement, said. No federal law prohibits companies from firing people on the basis of sexual orientation, he noted, and only 21 states have adopted their own anti-discrimination policies. That means in 29 states, workers can still be legally fired for being gay. Even among those employees who are out, the majority cover up their sexual identities by refraining from talking about their personal lives or changing pronouns when describing partners, according to a survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual people by New York University and Deloitte, a financial services and consulting firm. Many of those surveyed said that hiding or lying about their sexuality affected their performance at work and hindered their sense of opportunity for job growth. Some said it diminished their commitment to the organization.
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Ag Office Not Immune To Gender-pay Gap – Lowell Sun Online

Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for governor, shakes hands with Lowell resident Visal Chin during a rally at U.S. Rep. Niki An analysis of the AG’s Office, based on the public records listed, showed a preponderance of males in high-paying jobs, while more females held lower-paying jobs. This analysis included non-legal, lower-paying jobs such as secretary that were predominantly held by women. When questioned by The Sun, Coakley’s campaign countered that simply looking at yearly pay for employees discards outside factors such as experience or employees who leave their jobs mid-year. As in most political debates, it depends how you slice the numbers. The gender issue is important in the governor’s race. Coakley holds a consistent double-digit lead among women voters. Four years ago, Gov. Most polls have shown the Baker-Coakley race is tight, although a Boston Globe poll released Friday showed Baker holding a 9-point lead while making inroads on independent and women voters. Baker spokesman Tim Buckley said Coakley is talking a good game, but her record in the AG’s office shows otherwise. “Charlie believes that pay equity is an important issue and will make it a priority in his administration,” Buckley said. “It’s troublesome to learn that while the attorney general has campaigned on this important issue, she has failed to make pay equity a reality in her own office.” Among the charges based on data from the state’s open checkbook website: * Men in the attorney general’s office made 18 to 20 percent more than women on average based on 2010-2013 payroll numbers (2014 numbers were not available); * Men hold 58 percent to 66 percent of the top 50 paid positions, while women hold 58 percent to 64 percent of the bottom 50 paid positions; * The 10 highest-paid employees (after Coakley) were 80 percent male for two years and 70 percent male in the third year.
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During the festival Mayor Adam Barringer read a city proclamation that expressed the citys support for the festival and the LGBTQ community at large.

This is a celebration of all lifestyles and we have a very diverse community, Barringer said, adding that he hoped the event would send a positive message to all cities and residents in Volusia County.

While the festival is not political in nature, it gave several gay-rights advocates and couples the opportunity to voice their support for the legalization of gay marriage a heavily debated issue in Florida that is awaiting a ruling by a U.S. District Appeals Court.

In August U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the states gay marriage ban was unconstitutional but placed a stay on the decision. Since then the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up similar cases in other states, giving advocates leverage to ask for removal of the stay. On Friday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested that a federal judge keep a same-sex marriage ban in place until the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the matter.

Bondi cited great public interest in the stability of the states marriage law until the appeal is ruled on.
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Johnson, the spry, 93-year-old Democratic candidate for the N.C. House District 25 seat. Johnson said that if elected, he would get around by getting a young girlfriend, much like the former governor of South Carolina and current U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford. However, he said, I wont use taxpayer dollars, but my Social Security. Rocky Mount NAACP President Andre Knight said that holding the forum for Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties is important because it gave citizens the chance to hear from their candidates for office on all levels federal, state and local. Knight reminded the audience in his welcome of the NAACPs mission to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination and that the organization does not endorse political candidates or parties. We just want people to make sure they get out and vote, he said. The NAACP Get Out The Vote office is located at 120 Tarboro St. It is open from 10 a.m.
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Corporate Boards Make Steady But Slow Progress Towards Gender Equality – Yahoo Finance

It also looks at the proportion of companies with processes in place to drive diversity and equal opportunity. The study can be accessed in full here. Key findings include: Global trends indicate a gradual increase in the percentage of companies that have women on their boards with 64% of companies reporting women board members, up from 56% in 2009. Only 20% of the companies analyzed report having a board consisting of 20% or more women (13% in 2008); however more than half (51%) report boards of 10% or more women (40% in 2008). From a regional perspective, EMEA has widened its lead in having at least 20% female board members. EMEA has also overtaken the Americas for having at least 10% of female representation on the board since 2009, whilst companies in the Asia Pacific region continue to report having the least gender diverse boards. Adoption of policies and processes regarding gender diversity and equal opportunity has been increasing and is particularly high among companies in Europe and the Americas. Asia Pacific companies have shown the greatest increase in the implementation of diversity and equal opportunity processes over the last five years, but remain well below the levels reported in other regions. Indices made up of companies with mixed boards have low but generally positive tracking errors to benchmark, e.g., MSCI World Index; in other words, they outperform their benchmark index. Indices with no women on their boards had slightly higher tracking errors, indicating potentially more volatile portfolios and on average underperformed relative to mixed boards.
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During the festival Mayor Adam Barringer read a city proclamation that expressed the citys support for the festival and the LGBTQ community at large.

This is a celebration of all lifestyles and we have a very diverse community, Barringer said, adding that he hoped the event would send a positive message to all cities and residents in Volusia County.

While the festival is not political in nature, it gave several gay-rights advocates and couples the opportunity to voice their support for the legalization of gay marriage a heavily debated issue in Florida that is awaiting a ruling by a U.S. District Appeals Court.

In August U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the states gay marriage ban was unconstitutional but placed a stay on the decision. Since then the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up similar cases in other states, giving advocates leverage to ask for removal of the stay. On Friday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested that a federal judge keep a same-sex marriage ban in place until the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the matter.
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Texas A&m To Host ’50 Years After The Civil Rights Act’ Symposium Nov. 6 – Your Houston News: Living

6 http://tamutimes.tamu.edu Houston Community Newspapers The day-long symposium, titled Global Citizens and Equality Fifty Years After the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is an interdisciplinary initiative that will include analysis of the significant strides made during the past half-century while also examining racial, gender and other areas in which expectations and ideals have not yet been fully attained, note planners of the event. Leadership for the symposium is being provided by the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and the Texas A&M University School of Law, but collaboration and support is coming from throughout the campus community, said symposium co-chair Sahar Aziz, associate professor at the School of Law. This conference provides a constructive forum where students, faculty, and community members can learn from experts as well as share experiences with each other on issues that affect all of us, Aziz said. Assoc. Prof. of Sociology Wendy Moore, also a co-chair responsible for planning the symposium, said the goal is to make the program resonate with participants and exceed their expectations. When we started planning this event we wanted it to be something more than what wed seen at other institutionsa mere symbolic celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Moore stated. We wanted to meaningfully engage the issues of injustice and inequality, many of which remain with us today, that lead to the civil rights movement which inspired this legislation. She added that the symposium sessions are being designed to get participants actively engaged. We want to facilitate a discussion about what we, as scholars and researchers, could do to move us toward a more equitable society in another 50 years, Moore explained. Im really moved by the incredible support weve received from individuals across disciplines at Texas A&M University who were excited about this idea and wanted to assist us in meaningful ways to make this happen.
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Swedish devs declare intolerance for sexism, threats against women – Yahoo News

“It should not have to be said: Hatred, intimidation and harassment is never acceptable.” “We declare our support to the women affected. We want to defend everyone’s right to be and act in the game [industry] without being treated worse because of background, affiliation or gender. Threats should always be taken very seriously.” Quinn, Wu and Sarkeesian have all been forced to flee their homes due to violent threats. Earlier this month, an anonymous person threatened Utah State University , where Sarkeesian was scheduled to speak, with “the deadliest school shooting in American history.” Sarkeesian canceled her talk because she felt security measures were inadequate . Most recently, actress and geek icon Felicia Day discussed her thoughts on and fear to address GamerGate; shortly after, her personal contact information was publicly outed in the post. The story in the Swedish paper adds that Diversi, a project designed for game companies and communities to support each other’s diversity efforts, started apetition “calling for diversity and equality, against hatred, threats and sexism.” It currently includes more than 1,000 signatures from developers such as Blizzard Entertainment Europe, Epic Games, Media Molecule, SCEE and Rovio Sweden. “We’re not just an anti-GamerGate movement.” “Sometimes you have to state the obvious: We will never accept threats, hate, violence or sexism in the name of games,” the petition reads. “We welcome more diversity. We oppose any discrimination. Games are for all!” Speaking with Polygon via email, a Diversi spokesperson said that the organization has not received any kind of threats, but instead continues to receive signatures and support from the industry. Its goals stretch beyond GamerGate-related harassment.
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Duke Hospitals Recognized as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare | Duke Today

Resources for News Media Are you a reporter working on a story? Here’s where you find help from Duke. Duke Hospitals Recognized as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Three Duke facilities noted for strong commitment to LGBT patient-centered care October 22, 2014 | By Bryan Roth Comments Durham, NC – The renowned faculty and staff members of Duke University Health System arent just known for their top-notch medicine, but how they care for people, too. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has recognized Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital on its list of 2014 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Healthcare Equality Leaders. The inclusion of Dukes healthcare facilities is part of the Human Rights Campaigns Healthcare Equality Index , the national LGBT benchmarking tool that evaluates policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of LGBT patients, visitors and employees. To have all three Duke Hospitals recognized as 2014 Healthcare Equality Leaders is not only a distinct honor, but is a reflection of the commitment of leaders across our entire health system, said Ben Reese, vice president and chief diversity officer with Dukes Office for Institutional Equity. But, at the same time, inclusive workplaces and outstanding and sensitive healthcare should be the norm across our nation. This is the first time all three of Dukes hospitals have been included on the list. Duke Regional has been named to the Index three years in a row, and this is Duke University Hospitals sixth-straight year it has been recognized. Duke Raleigh makes its first appearance in 2014. Duke Regional takes great pride in offering the very best care to all our patients and their loved ones, says Katie Galbraith, president of Duke Regional. We are committed to treating the health needs of the community we serve with compassion and respect. There are no exceptions to that. Dukes hospitals were among 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT healthcare equality.
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Marriage Equality Inspires Name For New Land Snail – Upi.com

Morristown, Overlook, Newton Medical Centers Named as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

14 (UPI) — Researchers have identified a new species of hermaphrodite land snail in Taiwan, and they’ve named the mollusk in honor of marriage equality — Aegista diversifamilia. Though the land snail is abundant in eastern Taiwan, biologists had previously mistaken A. diversifamilia for one its relatives Aegista subchinensis — first described in 1884. More recently, scientists noticed that there was a morphological different between snails on the west side of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range and those on the east. It turned out, A. diversifamilia, which has a larger, flatter shell, was more closely related to a snail on a nearby Japanese island than to its neighbor across the mountain range. “When we examined the phylogeny from each gene,” Chih-Wei Huang said in a press release , “it suggested that the eastern A. subchinensis was more closely related to A. vermis, a similar land snail species inhabited in Ishigaki Island, than the western A. subchinensis.” Because of the political climate and the fact that the new species is a hermaphrodite, an animal with both male and female reproductive organs, the researchers decided it was appropriate to honor the fight for marriage equality with the snail’s new name. “When we were preparing the manuscript,” lead study author Dr.
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Morristown, Overlook and Newton medical centers earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve. Throughout Atlantic Health System, we recognize that an important part of providing the highest quality health care is to ensure that the experience is inclusive at all levels, said Deborah Visconi, director of operations, and co-chair, Diversity Council for Atlantic Health System. This recognition reflects Atlantic Health Systems role as a leader in promoting equality within our communities. This is the second year Morristown Medical Center has achieved the designation. This recognition was cited by publisher Beckers Healthcare when it named Atlantic Health System as one of its 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare earlier this year. The three Atlantic Health System hospitals were among a select group of 426 healthcare facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBT health education for key staff members. Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day, said Chad Griffin, HRC president. LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates Atlantic Health System for its tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients. Members of the Diversity Council at each of the Atlantic Health System hospitals sought their sites inclusion on the Healthcare Equality Index, an example of the councils mission to champion a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive culture that delivers the highest quality care to a diverse patient population. The Diversity Council seeks to create a multicultural environment that aligns with the needs of the community. For more information about the Healthcare Equality Index 2014, or to download a free copy of the report, visit http://www.hrc.org/hei .
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Texas Attorney General Tells Houston City Hall: Stop Bullying Christians | Fox News

Neither the mayor nor City Attorney David Feldman were aware the subpoenas had been issued until yesterday. Both agree the original documents were overly broad. The city will move to narrow the scope during an upcoming court hearing. Feldman says the focus should be only on communications related to the HERO petition process. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS! However, as of the writing of this column, the subpoenas have not been rescinded. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said there is no evidence to suggest the city is backing off or narrowing its subpoena request. The shame that the city of Houston has brought upon itself is real, but the claim that it has changed course is not, she said. The city has so far taken no concrete action to withdraw the subpoenas. Furthermore, the subpoenas themselves are the problem not just their request for pastors sermons. The city is not off the hook from its illegitimate request for e-mails, text messages, and other communications in which these pastors, who are not even party to this lawsuit, may have disagreed with the mayor. The way to fix this is to withdraw the subpoenas entirely.
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Quacheenu Zach Vang : Couleenews

Holmen Hardware Hank & Rental Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, and is survived by his father, Shawn Xiong Vang; stepmother, Ia Vang; half-siblings, Kalu Rose Vang, Huabzig Stephanie Vang, Sawmkoob Golbur Vang, Zajkimzeej Novak Vang, and Ntxeeyees Alisa Vang; mother, Xe Lo; half-siblings, Tammy Lee and Annabelle Lee; paternal grandmother, Yia Lee Vang; maternal grandfather, Wa Seng Lo; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins who all loved him very much. Quacheenu will be meeting his paternal grandfather, Nao Sue Vang; and maternal grandmother, Mor Lee Lo in heaven. A continuous visitation will be held from 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency, 1815 Ward Ave., La Crosse, until departing for burial at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20, in Green Mound Cemetery in Holmen. There will be a memorial service for Quacheenu at 2 p.m., Sunday Oct. 19, at the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency in La Crosse. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse, is assisting the family and the Hmong Community with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com. Copyright 2014 La Crosse Tribune.
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