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Tech Diversity Reports Leaving Out LGBT Employees

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

FacebookRecently, various tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter, have been releasing diversity reports for the first time in history. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these reports show that the majority of employees at these tech juggernauts are white and male. But perhaps the least progressive thing about these diversity reports is what they leave out: they do not report on sexuality at all, nor do they offer any gender options beside male and female.

These facts stand in contrast to tech’s huge presence in San Francisco’s pride two months ago. Reuters quoted Fred Sainz, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Human Rights Campaign, saying of participation in the parade: “It’s a dog whistle to their consumer base that these tech firms are cool, with it, and progressive.” A former employee of both Google and Apple said, “Tech companies need to be at Pride simply to be in the game.”

The reports from these companies have come with public statements that say they are working to change these numbers. Apple’s openly gay CEO, Tim Cook, said, “As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.”

Authored By Rebecca Ann Schuetz – See the Full Story at Dot429

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Something Smells a Little Rotten in Australia…

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Australia Marriage EqualityLooking through the summaries of the reports from Members of Parliament on Crikey.com got me thinking.

First off, how were the thirty MP’s who reported back on the issue chosen? Were they overwhelmingly from the most conservative areas of the country, ie: the folks who would be most passionate about defeating marriage equality? I haven’t yet found any analysis of this… let me know if you do.

And second, some of these response rates seem, well, basically impossible, especially in a country with 68% support for marriage equality:

MP Paul Neville: 98% Opposed to marriage equality
MP Stuart Robert: 97% Opposed
MP Mike Symon: 94% Opposed
MP Scott Morrison: 94% Opposed
MP Abby Schultz: 93% Opposed
MP Chris Hayes: 90% Opposed
MP Luke Simpkins: 90% Opposed
MP George Christensen: 83% Opposed
MP Shayne Neuman: 74% Opposed

I don’t know how it is in Australia generally, but here in the US, in the reddest of states, there’s still 30% in favor of marriage equality. The numbers above seem badly skewed – can anyone shed a little light on this from Down Under?

Australia: MP’s Resent Being Told to Poll Electorate on Marriage Equality

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Australia Marriage EqualityMany federal politicians who have spoken about the views of their constituents on gay marriage say they resent being told how to do their job.

MPs began reporting back to Parliament on Wednesday on the issue of same-sex marriage, after Greens MP Adam Bandt put forward a motion last year asking parliamentarians to consult their electorates.

The submissions come after the half-brother of independent federal MP Bob Katter spoke out against his sibling’s criticism of gay marriage.

Full Story from ABC

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ILGA, Amnesty International Release International Reports on GLBTI Rights

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Two reports released by international human rights defenders have put the spotlight on global GLBTI rights. The Amnesty International Report 2010 and the ILGA 2010 State-Sponsored Homophobia report paint a worsening situation in Africa, and improvements in parts of Asia and the Americas.

Both reports singled out Uganda for its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill which aims to criminalise the so-called “promotion” of homosexuality and impose the death penalty in some cases.

Nigeria, which has a similar law before Parliament, was criticised, as was Burundi for criminalising same-sex relations. In Senegal and Cameroon, men faced arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and unfair trials when suspected of being gay. In Malawi, two men were sentenced to 14 years in prison for “indecent practices between males”.

Full Story from SSO

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Episcopal Bishops Hear Reports For and Against Marriage Equality

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Two years ago The Episcopal Church House of Bishops asked a panel of eight theologians, four “conservative” and four “liberal,” to produce a study document addressing the issue of same-sex marriage. The Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand, Trinity’s Academic Dean, was one of the theologians on that committee. Their work is now done.

Along with Dr. Willis Jenkins of Yale, Grant went to the Spring 2010 meeting of the House of Bishops to present the work of the panel. Both Willis and Grant gave ten minute presentations summarizing the two positions, for and against same-sex marriage. The bishops then discussed among themselves in table groups following which there was an hour for the bishops to ask questions.

Perhaps the most interesting thing which happened during that question period was a short speech by Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, who expressed dissatisfaction with both papers and stated that it was time to move beyond speaking simply of “GLBT” (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered) orientations: “there are so many other letters in the alphabet,” he said; “there are so many other sexualities to be explored.”

Full Story from Virtue Online

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