Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us: The top 6 leadership competencies every LGBTQ+ leader (yes: that’s you!) should know and grow

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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We’ve all seen them in the breakroom or on some cool workplace swag: somewhere in your workplace there’s a list of your employer’s “core values” that anyone within the workplace should embody. You’ll likely see things like “integrity,” “team work” and “customer focus” listed. This is the social contract that anyone working for your organization should abide by.

Regardless of what those values are, it’s showing time again—especially in today’s modern workplace—that there really are six fundamental competencies that any LGBTQ+ leader—regardless of workplace, profession, level within the business or role—should focus their energy on if they want to not just survive but thrive in today’s workplace. And the best part, as a member of the LGBTQ+ Community, you probably already have an awesome handle on most of them.

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Kevin Beckner to be honored at EQFL Tampa Gala

By : Staff Report
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Tampa–Equality Florida will present Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner with the 2015 Voice for Equality Award at the Ninth Annual Tampa Gala for his leadership efforts in helping progress LGBT legislation in Hillsborough County.

Beckner was elected as the first openly gay person to hold office in Hillsborough County in 2008. Beckner, a couple months into holding office, introduced a domestic partner registry to the county, which was shot down by a 5-2 vote.

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St. Pete Pride announces big plans for 2015

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – As with tradition, many take the opportunity of a new year to reinvent themselves, whether through resolutions, makeovers or new attitudes. St. Pete Pride is taking the dawn of 2015 to do all of those things, and it promises to be a year of change and growth for the 14-year-old organization.

“Every year that we host our event we want it to be bigger and better,” said Scion Provenzano, president of the St. Pete Pride Board. “Sometimes it’s hard to outdo ourselves but it’s always a challenge we like to put up.”

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St. Petersburg in the World Conference will focus on LGBT issues around the world

By : Greg Stemm
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St. Petersburg – “American Human Rights Policy Should Stress LGBT Issues” is the topic of one of 17 seminars scheduled to be presented in the second annual “St. Petersburg in the World” conference to be held at the University of South Florida (USF) in St. Petersburg Feb. 13-15.

The seminar dealing with LGBT issues in slated for Friday, Feb, 14 at 3:15 p.m. Other seminars deal with issues as far-reaching as our relationship with China to the issues brought up by the Snowden case. All seminars are free and open to the public. All sessions will be held in the Student Union and USF has agreed to offer free parking in their parking garage for the event.

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