Gender Blender

Work Alert
From the Human RIghts Campaign

News and developments concerning the struggle for
workplace equality for GLBT Americans
July 2001
Vol. 4, No. 7

This isn't just a feel-good issue; it's a critical business issue. No competitive company that wants to win, and win big, can afford to practice a policy of exclusion. We need to create a more diverse workplace.
Emily Duncan, director of global diversity, for Hewlett Packard Co., in a June 13 news release about the company's support for gay and lesbian pride events around the country.

This month's headlines:

HRC Calls for Nationwide Boycott of ExxonMobil

Texas Supreme Court Upholds Houston Mayor's Non-Discrimination Order

Federal Appeals Court Upholds San Francisco's Equal Benefits Ordinance

Washington Supreme Court to Decide Vancouver's Domestic Partner Benefits

U.S. Department of Agriculture to Hire Program Specialist on Gay Workplace Issues; Other Departments Hold Events for Pride Month

New Census Figures Bolster Case For Partner Benefits

Des Moines Bans Discrimination Against Gays

Scottsdale, Ariz., and Portland, Maine, Recognize Domestic Partners

Voters in Huntington Woods, Mich., To Vote on Human Rights Measure

Foes of Maryland Law Banning Anti-Gay Job Discrimination Submit Signatures

Gay and Lesbian Consumers Say Firms Should Support the Community, Survey Shows

Annual Index Ranks Best and Worst Companies for GLBT Workers

Ph.D.s Who Focus on Gay Issues Have Difficulty Finding Tenure-Track Jobs,
Report Finds

Employers that have recently announced domestic partner benefits:

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The Human Rights Campaign is the nation's largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. HRC effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support, and educates the public to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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