Today the United States Department of Justice argued in court that federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Coming just a day after the President of the United States declared that transgender individuals were not suited to serve in the United States military, this is a clear slap in the face to every member of the LGBT community. We stand in solidarity with the director of the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT and HIV Project, who called this step by the DOJ a “gratuitous and extraordinary attack on LGBT people’s civil rights,” and with the Human Rights Campaign, which said “today's filing is a shameful retrenchment of an outmoded interpretation that forfeits faithful interpretation of current law to achieve a politically-driven and legally specious result.” We cannot remain silent while the Trump Administration attempts to legalize discrimination and reverse decades of progress toward a [...]
In the more transparent age of the internet and social media consumers and employees are taking it upon themselves to become educated about the corporate citizenship of the companies they work for and purchase from. Social media has become a powerful tool of those wishing to share their findings to an increasingly focused network.
For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 Media Contact: Rex Fuller, 303.951.5215, firstname.lastname@example.org The Center hosts Jokers Jewels & Justice to benefit Training and Legal Programs. Features Live Entertainment, Special Guest Speaker and awards honoring community leaders DENVER, CO—Jokers Jewels & Justice, the GLBT Community Center of Colorado’s signature fundraising event, will take place Thursday, February 23 at the Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street. The event benefits The Center’s Training and Legal Programs. The evening starts off with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 pm followed by dinner, entertainment, a live auction and awards at 7:00 pm. The theme for the evening is “Liberty and Justice for all is NO JOKE.” In addition to live entertainment provided by Queerbots, Denver’s gay comedy improv troupe, Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, will be our featured speaker following dinner. Tickets are $125 each and are available at [...]
Erik Holladay-McCann This month I interviewed Erik Holladay-McCann about his experiences as an LGBTQ business owner and employee. Keep reading for his insights. Question: Tell me a little about yourself and your business? Answer: My name is Erik Holladay-McCann, the proud owner and operator of Holladay Photography. I launched my own studio in Michigan in 2009, after leaving the press corps following 25 incredible years as a photojournalist, a career that I broke into at the (now unbelievable) age of 14. Combining my passion for storytelling and documentary-style photography with my creative aesthetic derived from a bold cinematic standpoint in my photographs is something I truly love and am privileged to do as a career. Pulling that fledgling business up from its roots in West Michigan and transplanting it to the much bigger planter that is Denver inspired biblical levels of anxiety, though I’ve been able to channel those nerves [...]
When I first started working in HR, the responsibility to my company and employees weighed heavily on me. My degree is in Business and Marketing, not Human Resources, and I was nervous that I might make a mistake and somehow get myself and/or my company sued for some sort of misconduct. I read policies and asked questions and collaborated on decisions and worked my way up within the company, but the worry in the back of my mind never left me. HR leaders in my company described on several occasions how miserable the process of being deposed was or the feeling they had when they realized they didn’t have the documentation they should for an impending legal hearing. When I decided to get my PHR (Professional of Human Resources) certification my primary motivation was learning the HR body of knowledge so I wouldn’t stay awake at night wondering if there [...]