Dr. Steve Yacovelli explores LGBTQ people as leaders in his new book, ‘Pride Leadership’

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Dr. Steve Yacovelli is the owner of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, leadership, change management, diversity and consulting firm based in Orlando.

“We work with organizations to help them maximize their human talent,” says Yacovelli. “It’s a lot of consulting, a lot of talking to see what the client really needs. Then using the tools that my team has to kind of get those problems solved.”

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Governments, elected leaders respond to uptick in hate crime

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amid reports of hate crimes and hate speech following the election of Republican Donald Trump as president, there have been calls from some governments and elected officials for stronger anti-hate crime laws, a crackdown on offenders and hotlines for citizens to report harassment and intimidation.

Here are some of the steps taken across the U.S. since Election Day on Nov. 8.

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Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights… and religious freedom

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced a campaign Jan. 27 for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.

“We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being forced to deny or abandon our own beliefs, values and behaviors in the process,” a church elder, Jeffrey R. Holland, said in announcing the church’s position.

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100 faith leaders send President Obama a letter blasting religious exemptions

By : Jamie Hyman
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100 clergy and faith leaders have sent a letter to President Obama urging him not to include religious exemptions in an imminent executive order that keeps federal contracts from discriminating against LGBTs when making hiring decisions.

This is in response to efforts by other faith leaders who requested the religous excmptions.

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Houston leaders approve expanded protections for gays

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HOUSTON (AP) – Houston leaders have approved expanded anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents in a measure that critics argued would impede their religious liberties.

The ordinance consolidates consolidate city bans on discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories and increases protections for gay and transgender residents. It takes effect in 30 days.

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Churches include more LGBT members and leaders than ever before

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America’s pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation’s racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

Nearly three in ten U.S. congregations permit gays and lesbians in committed relationships to hold volunteer leadership positions, a major increase from the 19 percent of congregations in 2006-2007, the National Congregations Study found.

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Kevin Beckner hones leadership skills at Harvard University government program

By : Susan Clary
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Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner can negotiate a successful bipartisan decision. A passionate speech to fellow commissioners in June led to the unanimous repeal of a draconian ordinance that barred the county from recognizing gay pride events.

Still, Beckner says, no matter how long you serve in public office there is always more to learn. To that end, Beckner applied and was accepted to the 2013 Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University in Boston.

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