Indiana Is Officially Not Gay Friendly #diversity #inclusion #LGBT #discrimination

Indiana not gay friendlyIndiana Governor Mike Pence made it legal this past week for businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.”

There is one big thing wrong with that statement — besides the obvious — and its one word: legal.

What’s next? Will it be legal to kill black people in the street? … OK, bad example. But you get my point, right? Making something legal means it’s okay, it’s right, it grants permission for distinctly noninclusive, not to mention not very friendly, behavior.

On the other hand, considering the extremely strong buying power of the gay community — in 2013, it was an estimated $830 billion according to Witeck Communications and MarketResearch.com — what better way to root out bigots? I’ve always believed it’s better to know up front where you stand with people. It’s easier to avoid trouble that way. Of course, that attitude isn’t effective if inclusion is the goal. But if this bill backfires, it will almost certainly be for economic reasons, not anything specifically diversity-related. Continue reading “Indiana Is Officially Not Gay Friendly #diversity #inclusion #LGBT #discrimination”

Remembering Ernie Banks, Baseball Player and Diversity Champion #diversity

Ernie Banks died last Friday at 83. Known globally as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Chicago Cubs’ first African-American player on Sept. 17, 1953. In his 19-year playing career and 40-plus years as an ambassador for baseball and the city of Chicago, Banks was a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, and he was inducted … Continue reading Remembering Ernie Banks, Baseball Player and Diversity Champion #diversity

Barilla Says: You’re Gay? Go Eat Someone Else’s Pasta #discrimination #intolerance

Barilla Chairman Guido Barilla apparently would prefer it if only those who belong to traditional families eat his pasta. So gay folk, go buy Creamette. According to a translation of his comments, originally made in Italian, he said: “We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family. If gays don’t like … Continue reading Barilla Says: You’re Gay? Go Eat Someone Else’s Pasta #discrimination #intolerance