Watermark is hiring! Tampa Bay Distribution Specialist needed

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Gay army secretary speaks out about journey, struggles

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Washington (AP) — Army Secretary Eric Fanning calls his elevation to the job “remarkable.” Fanning is the first gay head of a military service branch.

Of his sexuality, Fanning tells NBC’s “Today” he initially preferred to have people talk about his qualifications. But he says, “Now, I embrace it.”

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Chinese panel hears transgender discrimination case

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Beijing (AP) – A Chinese arbitration panel held a hearing in what is believed to be the country’s first transgender employment discrimination case, according to the lawyer in the case.

A ruling by the Yunyan district labor dispute board in the southern city of Guiyang would be issued later in the case of his client, who has identified himself only as Mr. C, Huang Sha told The Associated Press by telephone.

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Lesbian settles lawsuit after being fired from job at Kansas City church

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) – A former Kansas City church worker who said she was fired after her same-sex marriage was publicized settled her lawsuit with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The amount awarded to Colleen Simon, a former food pantry coordinator, was not released after her lawsuit was settled, The Kansas City Star reported. Simon was seeking unpaid wages, fringe benefits, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages.

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Guest Column: Creep of the Week

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Bust out the rainbow M16 assault rifles because things are about to get FABULOUS! The United States Army is about to become the world’s biggest pride parade thanks to President Obama’s nomination of Eric Fanning for secretary of the Army.

The only thing you need to know about Fanning is that he’s a gay! What other qualifications does one possibly need to essentially be the CEO of the U.S. Army?

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Federal commission weighs LGBT job protections

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Gay rights advocates say a federal law is needed to prohibit LGBT discrimination in the workplace, and that religious exemptions should be few.

Kate Kendall, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that the nation’s “commitment to non-discrimination trumps private prejudice.”

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Obama set to sign ban on LGBT workplace discrimination

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said June 16.

The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to act on his own while a broader employment non-discrimination measure languishes on Capitol Hill. The Senate passed the legislation last year but the bill stalled in the Republican-led House and there is little sign that lawmakers will take it up in an election year.

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Preaching to the Converted: I Am Not the Next MasterChef

By : Ken Kundis
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In October 2010, I lost my job of 13 years with the employer that moved me from Orlando to New York City in 2009. The economy was still reeling, so I was lucky to find a marketing job with a financial services company based near my apartment in Jersey City. But they soon informed me I would be moved to the company’s Lake Mary office. Either that, or look for another job.

So I moved back into my Audubon Park home, but my heart remained in New York. I had fallen in love – with the city and a certain guy. Even as I drove down I-95 to return to the place I still considered “home,’ I knew I would look for a way to get back to the city and to Phil. In the meantime, I was bored and lonely.

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