Gay Self-Loathing Hasn’t Gone Away.

Not all queer stories need happy endings. But in the “Love, Simon” era, pessimistic stereotypes are little more than weightless relics.

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Kyiv Pride week events to raise awareness

Ninety percent of Ukrainians are still unaware there are lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex people around them, at home, at work, in villages, towns and cities all over Ukraine, Continue Reading

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LGBT community wants freedom from discrimination

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Mauritius Church Condemns Blocking Of Gay Rights March

The Catholic Church in Mauritius on Wednesday condemned the blocking of Saturday’s gay pride parade in the capital Port Louis by hostile Muslim protesters. “Regardless of one’s moral beliefs about Continue Reading

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Above & Beyond a Joke

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Retired professional football player – Fighting Homophobia

This Gay Former NFL Player Is Using His Privilege To Fight Homophobia “It was moments of heaven and then moments of hell,” Wade Davis said of his time as a closeted pro football player.

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3x bible quotes for heterosexuals

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Rapper Helping More Young Men of Colour Get on PrEP

Gay rapper Milan Christopher is starring in Prep’d AF, the L.A. LGBT Center’s new campaign to get young men of color on the HIV-prevention medication.

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“ABC does not tolerate comments… by Roseanne Barr”

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Suspect held in stabbing of gay couple in Denver

Two gay men were stabbed in Denver Saturday night, and now police say they have a suspect in custody. Dylan Payne, 24, was arrested over the holiday weekend and is Continue Reading

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Voice of secularism: Curly arch will not disappear!

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Social exclusion affecting young people

It is generally recognised that people are more vulnerable to social exclusion at certain points in the life cycle.

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PCTT Gives Talks on Gay Rights

Presbyterian church to discuss sexuality with followers.

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Strategies for Supporting a person who is suicidal

Supporting a person who is suicidal, has attempted suicide, or is bereaved by suicide, can generate a broad range of feelings. It can be challenging to do but also humbling Continue Reading

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Four men acquitted of murdering a gay, HIV+ man in India

Four men accused of conspiring to murder a man because of his HIV status have had their murder charges dropped. The victim known only as Anil, 38, was found murdered Continue Reading

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36 people showed up to their gay conversion therapy march.

Ex-LGBTQ activists were left humiliated this weekend after only 36 people showed up to their gay conversion therapy march. Anti-gay group, The Voice of the Voiceless, held a ‘Freedom March’ Continue Reading

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HIV Testing – ASHM Live – Webinar series

The HIV Testing Webinar will address training needs such as sexual history taking, identification of priority populations, routine testing and contact tracing with the overall objective of normalising HIV testing Continue Reading

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Israel Folau’s says that “gay people were destined for hell.”

Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle said the row over Israel Folau’s anti-gay sentiments was the biggest challenge of her career, as a former Wallaby slammed the fullback as a “religious Continue Reading

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Russia has banned a website on HIV education under its gay ‘propaganda’ rules

Last month, Russia shut down its longest-running gay website,, and now they’ve closed down another website. Parni PLUS is a website that runs articles on HIV and other LGBTQ- Continue Reading

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Man charged over alleged assault of gay couple in Sydney

Two photos. The first is of Kurt and Adrian, they're sitting down wearing hoodies against a white wall. The other photo is a grainy shot of a man

Police have found and charged a man after the alleged assault of a gay couple in Sydney last week.

Kurt Johnson and Adrian Kalaiziovksi got out of an Uber in an inner-city suburb last week, when the man allegedly started hurling homophobic slurs at them.

After an altercation with the men, he then returned and allegedly physically assaulted them. Paramedics took Kalaiziovksi to the nearby Prince Alfred Hospital with a broken arm.

Five days after the incident police arrested and charged a 28-year-old man with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 28 May.

Shortly after the incident Johnson launched an appeal online to help track down his husband’s attacker.

Report hate crimes to police

New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Anthony Crandell said the men’s quick response in reporting the incident helped to track down the alleged criminal.

‘I think the victim in this matter did an extremely good job of recording the incident; and maintaining early communication with local police to identify a suspect for further investigation,’ Crandell told Gay Star News after the incident.

‘Whilst there are universal precautions that can be taken by potential victims of crime like staying in well lit areas and among groups of people where possible, the circumstances of this matter simply shows a good positive reaction, including the recording of a person’s image as the basis for further police investigation.

‘I could not ask or expect more from any victim of violence.’

Crandell said hate crimes had decreased in Sydney, but if they do happen, people should report them to police.

‘I am always concerned about acts of violence and even more so when abuse is accompanied by vilification and bias related comments surrounding a person’s sexual orientation,’ he said.

‘Acts of violence in the circumstances described are especially distasteful. Bias crimes motivated by discrimination regarding a person’s sexuality or gender identity is never acceptable.’

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How do you say GAY in Arabic?

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The Theology of Westboro: The “World’s Meanest Church”

Westboro Baptist Church is an American church known for its use of inflammatory hate speech, especially against LGBT+ people, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Jews, Romani people, and U.S. soldiers. The Continue Reading

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Freedom of Speech Pros and Cons List

Freedom simply means power. Freedom of speech involves laws and regulations that grants a person or a citizen of a particular country the right to talk openly. Naturally, almost all Continue Reading

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Negotiating Sex and Disclosure of PrEP use!

Depending on what other risk reduction practices you use, including condoms, you may find yourself negotiating sex and risk where your PrEP status becomes relevant. How this is negotiated will Continue Reading

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Australian Cardinal, George Pell standing trial on Child Sexual Abuse Charges

Australia’s Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse — the nation’s highest form of inquiry — revealed last year that 7 percent of Catholic priests were accused of Continue Reading

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Philosophus Autodidactus – The Self-Taught Philosopher

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Australia’s Royal Commission inquiry into institutionalised child abuse cases.

On 12 November 2012 the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced that she would recommend to the Governor-General that a Royal Commission be appointed to inquire into institutional responses to Continue Reading

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Australian Labor Party will ban gay conversion therapy if elected

A federally driven crackdown would be significant in Australia, where attempts to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender identity continue to exist but have largely been driven underground.Stamping Continue Reading

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What should priorities be for LGBTIQ+ rights over the next 10 years?

Millennials expressed much higher concern than older LGBT generations for transgender rights, ethnic equality, and LGBT equality within rural areas.

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Is there a link between religious faith and Mental Health?

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Bondi hate crimes documentary

The Real Story is a 90 minute feature presenting first-hand accounts of Sydney’s gay hate killings in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Discrimination – It’s not about wedding cake

My Rainbow Social can help you find a baker who will not discriminate! Did you hear about the baker who refused to make a gay couple a wedding cake?

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Religious groups can legally discriminate!

This information sheet gives an overview of the religious exemptions to unlawful discrimination in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

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Activists Beaten after a decision to Decriminalize Homosexuality in Trinidad and Tobago

The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago is set to decriminalize homosexuality following a judge’s ruling on Thursday that the laws are unconstitutional. A victory was scored yesterday for the Continue Reading

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Parents are losing custody of their trans kids

Far more U.S. teens than previously thought are transgender or identify themselves using other nontraditional gender terms, with many rejecting the idea that girl and boy are the only options, Continue Reading

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created after the war because countries had no say over their government.

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Grindr Under Fire for Sharing HIV Status of Users!

Gay dating app Grindr has confirmed it has shared the HIV status of its users with outside firms – but declined to issue an apology.

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Did HIV come from chimpanzee’s?

Do you know where HIV/AIDS come from, and the impact it had on society?, both as an illness and as a source of discrimination.ntil mid-1982 that scientists realised the ‘disease’ was also spreading among other populations the ‘disease’ was finally named AIDS.

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Ending HIV/AIDS Starts With Our Youth

For those who have contracted HIV, comprehensive, culturally-competent care that addresses all aspects of health – including medical, sexual, and mental health; social support services; and substance use treatment.

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My Rainbow Community Survey

This 2-minute private survey is about the variations between Sex, Gender, Orientation, and Sexual health. “Your participation would be appreciated because it will help MRN advocate for our members and the communities we serve.

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Why are we so judgmental around caring for your sexual health?

    As I climbed the stairs to the sexual health clinic, I felt as though I was going insane. With each step I promised myself that if I could Continue Reading

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What is intersex status discrimination?

Intersex status discrimination happens when a person is treated less favourably because that person has physical, hormonal or genetic features.

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Finding a Place for Your Pre-Transition Memories

A spouse of a transgender woman struggles with what to do with her old photos and home movies. Aside from giving birth to my three beautiful daughters, the day I Continue Reading

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Taking the Buzz Word Out of Bias

Bias continues to be a big topic in diversity and inclusion, but there is more to culture change and changing mind-set than taking a test on bias. While understanding bias is one key to diversity and inclusion practices and behaviors, it can be used as a buzz word, “trend or flavor of the month,” or an academic polemic stuck in neuroscience conversations.bias

Before you decide on a program about bias, think about these two factors.

  1. Any program that includes bias training must go beyond simple recognition and include mitigation with real examples, accountability, and transformation.
  2. Training alone doesn’t bring about long-term change. You need to develop and implement an ongoing strategy for creating an inclusive culture that filters out bias in all areas. Transformation has to include people at every level in your organization and every business system and process.

Bias Basics

We have a filter in our brain that helps us interpret what we see and hear. It filters out information that is not threatening, not important, and not in our perceived reality.

We form our biases based on our experiences, what we hear and what we see.  Based on our biases, we make assumptions and stereotype other people. These stereotypes impact our actions, which can lead to exclusion, discrimination, or avoidance.

We’re not responsible for the messages we received growing up, but we are responsible for what we do once we become aware how these messages influence our thinking.

In addition, not all bias is unconscious. There is bias that is deliberate and conscious, and there is the bias that leads people to stereotypes others and believe they are right. When our bias is unconscious, we’re not aware of our actions and the impact that we have on others. When our bias is conscious or deliberate, we are aware of our actions, but think we are justified because of how we consciously feel about a whole group. It doesn’t occur to us that we might be wrong.

Learn how to create a culture of inclusion to avoid the damage hidden biases can cause to the workplace culture, when you attend: Unconscious and Systemic Bias: The Hidden Toll on Workplace Culture, Hiring, Productivity, and Retention, presented by Simma Lieberman on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Click here to reserve your spot today!

If you think you either have no bias, know you may have unconscious bias, or that you sometimes stereotype others, try this.

Suggested action:

Be conscious of your visceral reaction or any thoughts or judgments you have about the next three people you see.  What story or impression immediately comes to mind before you give it second thought?

Notice their age, clothing, skin color,  and any other visible characteristics at the root of your bias and the first story you created.

Next, create a different story about what they do and who they are. Seeing other possibilities will help filter out your biases and wrong assumptions about people.

Point to ponder: When you have a disagreement with someone who is a different race or gender, is your first reaction to attribute the disagreement to his or her race or gender? But if you have the same disagreement with someone who is similar to you, is your first reaction to attribute it to him or her as an individual?

Bias buster: Stop thinking of individuals who are different as “representatives” of a whole group.  Take your brain off automatic and put it on manual. Stay conscious!

Our best clients who are creating inclusive cultures that last take the time to understand their own thinking even if they are uncomfortable. They’re willing to review every system, process, and cultural norm in their organization to root out opportunities for bias and exclusion.

Simma LiebermanSimma Lieberman is internationally known as “The Inclusionist,” because she creates inclusive workplaces where employees love to do their best work, and customers love to do business. In 2017. She received the Global Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award from the World Human Resource Development Congress in Mumbai.

Ms. Lieberman works with leaders of organizations who understand that while training in areas of diversity and inclusion is important, sustainable change only occurs when diversity and inclusion are integrated into the business strategy, and are part of the organization’s cultural DNA. She strongly believes that implementing good diversity management and developing cultural intelligence are necessary for organizations to stay relevant and competitive in tomorrow’s markets.

Her unique ability to view organizations through an inclusion lens also enables her to help leaders in organizations uncover employee genius, and leverage their diverse talents and skills at any level.

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Pretextual Failure to Promote Produce Worker Is a Recipe for Disaster

HR professionals are all too familiar with the McDonnell-Douglas burden-shifting standard for establishing discrimination from circumstantial evidence. Under the standard, an employee presents a prima facie (minimally sufficient) case that he belongs to a protected class and suffered an adverse action. The employer then presents a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason for its action, and he in turn tries to prove its stated reason is merely a pretext (false excuse) for discrimination.discrimination

Each McDonnell-Douglas burden-shifting case is highly fact-specific, and—notwithstanding nearly 45 years of case law applying the standard—reasonable minds still disagree on how much evidence is required to support a finding of pretext. A recent case before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals— which covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming—demonstrates how tricky such situations can be.

What’s the Big Dill?

“Mike,” who is originally from Nigeria, is a naturalized U.S. citizen who recently experienced the ambiguity of the McDonnell-Douglas standard firsthand. “Neil,” the director of distribution at Safeway’s Denver distribution center, hired Mike to work in the produce warehouse in October 2004. During his employment, Mike furthered his education, earning a second bachelor’s degree (in finance) and an MBA. At some point, apparently following a complaint of discrimination, Neil promoted him to supervisor. The performance of the produce warehouse improved under his watch.

Despite his education, work experience, and achievements on the job, Mike was never able to rise higher up the management chain. In 2012, he applied for two open manager positions. In each case, Neil hired a white male instead.

Mike filed suit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado, alleging that Safeway discriminated against him because of his race, color, and national origin when it failed to hire him for either manager position. The district court rejected his claims and awarded summary judgment (dismissal without trial) to Safeway under the McDonnell-Douglas standard.

Mike’s allegations satisfied his prima facie burden, but Safeway argued it had a legitimate reason for not hiring him. It claimed it had hired other candidates with “far greater potential for success” and “more relevant warehouse management and leadership skills,” and it was concerned about his “leadership and communication skills.” The district court concluded he hadn’t presented sufficient evidence for a jury to conclude that the company’s justifications were pretextual.

It Ain’t Over Lentil It’s Over!

Dissatisfied with the result, Mike appealed the district court’s decision to the 10th Circuit. The appeals court revisited six types of pretext evidence he had presented:

(1) Job qualifications. An employee can show pretext through evidence of a sham review of a rejected candidate or unreasonable denigration of the rejected candidate’s qualifications but inflation of the successful candidate’s qualifications. In this case, the 10th Circuit concluded a reasonable juror could find that Mike, with his two bachelor’s degrees and MBA, was better educated than either manager Safeway hired. One didn’t have a college degree but had 20 years of experience in the Denver distribution center (10 as a supervisor), and the other—an external candidate with warehouse management experience at Chrysler and previous experience at a different Safeway distribution center—only had a bachelor’s degree in business.

Evidence that Mike met his individual and departmental goals and increased efficiency as a supervisor in the produce warehouse established that he had the experience and demonstrated performance to qualify him for the job. In fact, Safeway’s internal talent acquisitions team identified him as a candidate who should be considered for the manager openings, but Neil refused even to interview him.

(2) Procedural irregularities. Disturbing irregularities in employment procedures can also establish pretext. In this case, evidence showed that Safeway typically preferred managerial candidates with a college degree in logistics or business.

However, Neil acknowledged he had authority to—and did—modify the qualifications for the manager positions, limiting the preferred degree to logistics (not business) and allowing work experience to substitute for education. The 10th Circuit concluded that a reasonable juror could believe that these changes were made to rig the process against Mike’s superior educational background.

(3) Past treatment. An employer’s past treatment of an employee can be evidence of unlawful bias or animus, but stray racial comments aren’t admissible unless they’re tied to the personnel decisions or the decision makers. In this case, there was evidence that Neil had treated Mike worse than other employees and had made some remarks that could be perceived as race or national origin-based—such as telling him that his coworkers don’t perceive him well and that in the States, perception is reality; or saying “You can’t call me racist because I hired you.” Because these comments were made by the decision maker, a juror could consider them as evidence of pretext.

(4) Differential treatment. Differential treatment of similarly situated individuals is “especially relevant” to measuring the validity of an employer’s stated justification. In this case, Neil said he wouldn’t promote Mike because the produce warehouse had been underperforming for 10 years and because he struggled to control absenteeism and occupational injuries and had poor relations with coworkers. But one of the manager positions was filled by an internal candidate from the same underperforming warehouse who had been counseled about absenteeism and injury issues and didn’t get along with some employees. This differential treatment cast doubt on the veracity of Safeway’s justifications.

(5) Use of subjective criteria. The use of subjective criteria—such as the “potential for success” and “leadership and communication skills” standards used here—isn’t enough by itself to establish an inference of discrimination. But when such malleable criteria are the basis for an adverse employment action, their use can magnify the inferences raised from other evidence.

(6) Minority employment. A general policy or practice with respect to a disadvantaged group can also support other evidence of pretext. In this case, the Denver distribution center hadn’t had any African-American managers during Mike’s tenure with the company, and there hadn’t been any African-American supervisors until he was promoted (following a complaint of discrimination).

The 10th Circuit acknowledged that any one of those factors alone might be insufficient to establish pretext. But viewed properly all together, the court held that the evidence was sufficient for a reasonable juror to disbelieve Safeway’s explanations for not promoting Mike. It thus reversed summary judgment for Safeway and sent the case back to the district court for further proceedings.

Meat and Potatoes

This case is a reminder that the line between legitimate and pretextual actions can be razor thin—here, even the courts disagreed. But it also underscores the importance of HR best practices that weren’t followed here (such as consistency in job descriptions and hiring protocols) and the value of job-placement audits that might identify and allow you to address potential biased decision makers before you face a lawsuit.

Charles McClellan—a partner with Foulston Siefkin—is a contributor to Kansas Employment Law Letter. You can reach him at (316) 291-9764

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Future Friday: Merging AI and workers

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Australian Boxer Anthony Mundine Says Gays Should Get the Death Penalty

Australian Boxer Anthony Mundine Says Gays Should Get the Death Penalty

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Anthony Mundine just left ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’ and used his exit interview to declare homosexuality should be punished with death

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Queer Student Stabbed His Homophobic Bully

There’s Now Video of the Fight That Led a Queer Student to Stab His Homophobic Bully

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A newly released Abel Cedeno video shows the queer student defending himself from punches, but does it prove he stabbed a bully in self-defense?

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Gay bar owner’s racist history comes back to haunt him, but he would still like your business

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How much does LGBTI exclusion really cost?

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Why do people discriminate?

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How PrEP’ed Are You?

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Talkin’ about the word Faggot!

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Father Charged for killing his Gay Son

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