HRC survey: Nearly half of LGBTQ workers are not out at job

By : Kathy Ruiz
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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been conducting surveys about the queer experience at the workplace since 2008. This year, when they conducted the survey, they found that nearly half of LGBTQ employees are not out at work.

The survey, titled “A Workplace Divided: Understanding the Climate for LGBTQ Workers Nationwide,” seeks to uncover the prevalence of LGBTQ workers feeling pressure to hide their sexual orientation and/or gender identity on the job and the cost of that hiding both to individuals and employer. It also focuses on researching the benefits to employers and workers when workplace climates are more welcoming of LGBTQ people.

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Watermark Year in Review: July 2015

By : Jamie Hyman, Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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Out Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis, who spoke with Watermark this year (gasp!), played a huge role in making Disney’s stance clear: Gays are welcome here. The Out and Equal Institute, which advocates for equality in the workplace, historically showed up at WDW’s Coronado Springs Resort. Next year, Out and Equal’s annual summit comes to Disney’s Swan and Dolphin resort for four days. It pays to like gays.

It was a rough year for HIV/AIDS advocates in Central Florida. In July, news came down that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control would not be funding any Orlando-area HIV/AIDS-care organizations. Though Metro Wellness in St. Pete did make the cut, Orlando orgs were pushed into a scramble, which is sad when you consider that Orange County’s new HIV cases were up 47 percent.

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ACLU hopes to raise workforce protection awareness in Tampa with “Dignity and Work” campaign

By : Jeremy Williams
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Dignidad y Trabajo (“Dignity and Work”), a campaign to raise awareness about the need for providing equal treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the workplace in Florida’s Hispanic community, publicly expanded across Central Florida.

The campaign, which launched March of 2014 in Miami, held its first Central Florida forum hosted by Ana G. Mendez University in Tampa as well as co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Sept. 9 and 10.

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St. Pete Gala nears goal, Equality Florida eyeing $250,000 mark

By : Jeremy Williams
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St. Petersburg – With just over a week to go before the Greater St. Petersburg Gala, Equality Florida is nearing its goal of $250,000. Organizer Todd Richardson is confident he can reach that goal, if not surpass it.

“We’re over $245,000 so far and that surpasses last year’s $237,000,” Richardson explained. “Our stretch goal is $275,000, which I’d like to hit.”

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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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