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 [...]
National Campus Ministry Organization Tells Staff to Affirm Their New Human Sexuality Policy or Leave
An October 6 Time article by Elizabeth Dias said that InterVarsity sent out the policy in July with a statement that if any of its staff members disagree with the policy by supporting gay marriage personally that they will be fired. The 1,300 staff members potentially affected have not been asked to sign anything saying they agree with the policy, but instead are being asked by Greg Jao, InterVarsity Vice President and director of campus engagement to “with integrity, identify that (they disagree) and leave.” Jao also asserts that LGBTQ staff can remain employed if they affirm the position paper and commit to remaining celibate.
I watched a video on YouTube this morning entitled “I Was Fired for Being Transgender”; where a transgender man told his story of being discriminated against, and fired by his employer, for his transgender status. I was fascinated as he openly shared with the Internet and the world his positive experience with employment in different states and employers before encountering an employer who was not so accepting. His masculine outward appearance did not give any indication that he had been born female. It was after his new employer shared their personal story, that he shared his website (including bio) and they became aware that he was transgender. The next day at work was quiet and awkward and little was said. Shortly thereafter, he arrived at work and was met with a locked door. The employer stuck their head out to reference an email terminating his employment for non-compliance of an [...]
I recently received a comment on a social media post about equality for LGBTQ workers that surprised me. It probably shouldn’t have – much confusion still exists in our culture about the realities facing LGBTQ populations. The commenter stated that they were confused as to the relevance of the post since, if the workers are American citizens, they already have all the same rights afforded to them as anyone else. Unfortunately, that’s simply not true, as it is still legal in 28 states to fire an employee for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. You can also lose your housing or be refused service at a public place of business in most of those states due to your actual or perceived LGBTQ status.
The Center and Denver Film Society host special screening of the Emmy-nominated web series Her Story on August 17. Meet the filmmakers at a special Q& A at The Center on August 16.
Her Story is a scripted new-media series about two women in Los Angeles who have given up on love, when suddenly chance encounters give them hope. Violet is drawn to Allie, a reporter who approaches her for an interview, while career-driven Paige meets James, the first man she’s considered opening up to in years. Will they risk opening up and allow themselves to be loved for who they are? Trans women in the media have long been punchlines, killers, indications of urban grit, pathetic tragedies, and dangerous sirens. Rarelyhave they been complex characters who laugh, struggle, and grow, who share strength in sisterhood, who seek and find love. Her Storydepicts the unique, complicated, and very human women we see in queer communities, and explores how these women navigate the intersections of label identity and love. Co-written by Jen Richards (I AM CAIT) and Laura Zak (#Hashtag), directed by Sydney Freeland [...]