Tag: Indiana

32 Worst States for Transgender Equality

(Update: 10:54 a.m. 6/5/2015) Correction: Map and report were released by the Movement Advancement Project. Changes reflected in the text. By Michael Nam Glynnis Jones / Shutterstock.com High profile transgender individuals like Caitlyn Jenner or Laverne Cox have shown a great deal of progress in terms of attitudes towards gender…

Indiana Legislators Refuse to Consider LGBT Discrimination

By Michael Nam Despite the massive backlash the state of Indiana and Gov. Mike Pence received following the passage of its “religious freedom” law that would further protect businesses that discriminate against LGBT people, the legislators in Indiana decided not to investigate the issue of anti-LGBT discrimination in its state…

Millennials Pushing the Sharp Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

By Michael Nam Nick Fox / Shutterstock.com America has the largest population of affiliated Christians in the world, but recent data shows a clear trend of people increasingly leaving organized Christianity while secular and other faiths see an uptick in their ranks. The fastest rate of decline seems to be…

Conservatives Push Gay Bashing vs. Corporate America

Apparently, bullying doesn’t stop after grade school. At least that’s how the Christian conservatives see it. Evangelicals believe big businesses are bullying them into supporting what republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz refers to as “an aggressive gay marriage agenda.” He also called it “unfortunate that large companies today are…

Study: Bullying of Gay Kids Starts Early and Often

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock Long before children identify as being gay, lesbian or bisexual, they receive an elevated level of bullying in comparison to their peers, according to a longitudinal study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a climate where legislators and extremist activists have…

Anti-LGBT Legislator Caught on Gay Dating App Grindr

By Michael Nam Republican state Rep. Randy Boehning of North Dakota found himself publicly outed as a frequenter of the gay dating app, Grindr, The Forum reported. While there are divisions within the gay community over forcibly outing even anti-LGBT lawmakers, this incident highlights the discrimination allowed under law in…

Gay-bashing Lawmakers on the Attack Despite Big Gains in LGBT Acceptance

By Michael Nam Photo by Shutterstock While great progress has been made for LGBT rights in a seemingly short period of time, challenges remain in protecting those rights from gay-bashing legislators. With public sentiment shifting rapidly on the issue of marriage equality, anti-LGBT crusaders have updated tactics, including pursuing “religious…

The Connection Between Corporate Values and Talent

By Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc Over the last year we’ve seen how corporate influence and leadership was exerted in Missouri and Indiana. In the case of Indiana, CEOs of both Cummins and Eli Lilly and Company (DiversityInc Top 50 companies) were very clear that Governor Pence’s anti-gay legislation was…

Indiana's RFRA 'Fix' Doesn't End Discrimination

Reprinted with permission by the author from LinkedIn By Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak,Global Vice Chair, Public Policy; Diversity and Inclusiveness sponsor at EY You know the old saying, “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.” Well, with all eyes on Indiana due…