North Carolina Passes Religious-Exemption Same-Sex Marriage Bill #religiousfreedom #LGBT

Today, in North Carolina, some court officials can now legally refuse to perform same-sex marriage responsibilities based on their religious beliefs. The state House voted to override Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of the bill 69-41. The Senate voted to do the same a week ago.  In his May 28 veto message, McCrory said that … Continue reading North Carolina Passes Religious-Exemption Same-Sex Marriage Bill #religiousfreedom #LGBT

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”

Former Abercrombie & Fitch CDO Todd Corley Sets the Record Straight #diversity #inclusion #leadership

It wasn’t Todd Corley’s decision to leave his position as chief diversity officer for global retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. But now that he’s gone he can look back on a job well done and a bright future ahead at the helm of his own TAPO Institute. He took a few minutes to sit down with … Continue reading Former Abercrombie & Fitch CDO Todd Corley Sets the Record Straight #diversity #inclusion #leadership