Equality Florida brings transgender workplace training to Orlando

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ABOVE: Gina Duncan speaking at an Equality Florida event at Orlando City Hall in 2015. Photo by Dana Ng

ORLANDO | Equality Florida will host the organization’s Transgender Dynamics in the Workplace workshop at the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 16.

The workshop includes a panel discussion with corporate leaders, as well as an appearance from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event looks to educate attendees on transgender workplace issues and concerns, as well as offer ways to improve policies and protocols for transgender employees.

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Mummers Parade in Philadelphia seek inclusive tone after insensitive displays

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Organizers of the Mummers Parade are hopeful that cultural education efforts will help the city’s annual New Year’s celebration be more respectful and inclusive following a string of racially and ethnically offensive displays.

The initiatives include sensitivity training sessions and online videos that explore issues such as cultural appropriation and privilege, sexual identity and the rules of satire. Mummers’ leaders also published an open letter last week condemning “expressions of hate and bigotry.”

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Billy Bean teaching MLB teams about inclusion in clubhouse

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NEW YORK (AP) – Billy Bean has come full circle, throwing out the first pitch for the first Mets Pride Night Aug. 13 against his former San Diego team.

Bean came out as gay after he left the Padres in 1995. Now he’s Major League Baseball’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. In the past two years, he’s talked to all 30 MLB ownership groups, various teams and players about struggling with his sexuality during his career and gay and lesbian inclusion in the workplace.

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LGBT group gives grants to HBCUs to aid inclusion

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The educational arm of an LGBT rights group is seeking to advance LGBT inclusion on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has teamed up with Promised Land Film to award $4,000 grants to four schools to allow them to use the documentary, “The New Black,” to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion.

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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

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SYDNEY (AP) — World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Aug. 29 for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the “inclusion policy” ensures “every individual, whether they’re players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.”

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Guest Column: Transgender people need non-trans advocates

By : Steve Yacovelli
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Steven Yacovelli

Steve Yacovelli

One of the things I do for work and am pretty darn passionate about is teaching diversity and inclusion. Whether it’s helping corporate folks understand the different “internal dimensions” of diversity (such as age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or race) and “external dimensions” of diversity (like education, salary, work experience, appearance, and marital status that can change more frequently); I really enjoy helping people see the differences and similarities in each of us. Exploring topics like “stereotyping,” “bias behavior, “ “inclusive communication,” and “silent collusion” in the workplace gives me a sense of purpose and I feel I’m making a small difference toward the greater good of embracing and understanding others not like ourselves. Many businesses understand that solid diversity and inclusion policies are not just the right thing to do but make great business sense, and my role as a corporate educator is to bring that message to the company’s peeps in a memorable and meaningful way.

I’ve had the pleasure of presenting topics related to diversity and inclusion at several conferences both locally and on the national level over the past several years. Some topics were general in nature and could really fit into the broader theme of diversity and inclusion (like “inclusive communication”) while others were more targeted toward a certain areas within the dimensions of diversity (such as “public speaking for the LGBT advocate”).

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Final reading for Atlantic Beach HRO

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The Atlantic Beach City Commission is set to have its second and final reading for a proposed HRO. The human rights ordinance would ban discrimination against people based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity or gender expression within the city limits.

Introduced by Commissioner Maria Mark, it passed the first reading July 14 with a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Jimmy Hill and Jonathan Daughtery voted in opposition, both stating it would allow for businesses to be targets of lawsuits.

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Second reading for Chapter 57 transgender protections

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A second reading for changes to Chapter 57 to include identity and expression in the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance is scheduled for Aug. 11.

The changes to the ordinance passed unanimously on its first reading on July 28, where many showed up to support the inclusion of transgender protections.

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MLB appoints Billy Bean consultant for inclusion

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Major League Baseball has appointed former outfielder Billy Bean, who came out as gay after his playing career, to serve as a consultant in guiding the sport toward greater inclusion and equality.

Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement July 15 before the All-Star game.

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Olympians, pro athletes march at World Pride Parade

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Toronto, Canada – Nearly three dozen Canadian Olympians and pro athletes marched in the World Pride Parade June 29 as part of the You Can Play project. It was a statement from professional sports groups in Canada that LGBT athletes are welcome in arenas and on then field.

In a press release, World Pride explained that Toronto’s professional sports teams and the Canadian Olympic Committee united behind the You Can Play Project, the premiere organization for LGBT equality in sport. Together, the organizations issued a joint statement of support for You Can Play and the ideals of LGBT inclusion in sport.

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