Every single person has a favorite example of what I would come to call 'singlism' — the stereotyping, stigmatizing, and discrimination against people who are single. And the phenomenon extends far beyond the small stuff, like being overlooked by your peers. Discrimination against single people has been documented in the workplace, the housing market, and in medical care. It is written right into more than 1,000 federal laws.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Professionals have a lot of considerations in today's ever changing workforce. Decisions vary depending on whether you are out in your personal life and/or professional life. They can also vary depending on the industry within which you work. The following 3 Reflection Questions can serve as a stepping off point for GLBT professionals facing these sometimes daunting challenges.
Kids notice differences in other people. They are not "colorblind" as some adults like to pretend, and thank God, since all of our many differences are such an important part of our individual and cultural identities. And while it's perfectly natural for kids to notices racial differences, they do not naturally judge one set of characteristics as superior or preferred, until some adult teaches them to prefer certain characteristics.
Just last week, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia overturned that state's anti-sodomy laws. The decision was based on the ten-year-old US Supreme Court decision stating that it is unconstitutional to criminalize private, consensual sexual activity between adults, basically voiding all anti-sodomy laws in the US. However, several states kept their anti-sodomy laws in the books, and some even attempt to prosecute citizens for them, as in Virginia.
Transgender first grade student Coy Mathis has been banned from using the girls bathroom at her elementary school.
In my 15-year career, I've worked in a wide variety of offices. Across the board, there is an unwritten rule—as there should be—that a working mother must always be there for her children first and foremost. The problem is: dads don't get the same treatment.
Well, well, well — how the mighty have fallen! Or at least the semi-mighty. Just one day after President Obama voiced his support of same-sex marriage, Mitt Romney's dark past has come back to haunt him. Could this be a little karmic retaliation for opposing gay marriage, Mitt?
Think being bisexual is a fun, carefree walk in the park? Bisexuals often feel rejected by both the straight and the LGBT community, and that feeling of not fitting in appears to be strongest with bisexual women.
Yesterday, 'The L Word' actress Leisha Hailey was kicked off a Southwest Airline flight for kissing her girlfriend, Camila Grey, an L.A.-based musician. According to Perez Hilton, the two had boarded the plane and were already in their seats when they decided to have a pre-departure kiss. The Southwest flight crew noticed, and told them that kissing each other wasn't allowed on their Airlines because their company is a "family" company. Family is often a word used to ostracize anyone who isn't heterosexual.
A group of former Atlantic City cocktail waitresses is suing the casino where they worked after being fired because they were "too old" to wear a sexy new outfit the resort debuted. The Hotel Resorts Casino has found itself the target of a discrimination lawsuit by nine of the 16 women it gave pink slips to after it introduced a back-baring flapper-inspired waitress uniform over Memorial Day weekend.