Apr 052013
USA - As gay marriage is at a tipping point, what about women's equality? (Sarah Jane Stratford)

Even conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has figured it out: there’s a clear connection between the progress of women’s rights and gay rights. Schlafly defeated the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s by warning of female soldiers, same-sex marriage, and the possibility that straight marriages would lose their strictly defined gender roles. In 2009, she said, [...]

Apr 032013
India - Civil servant pre-employment exam provider "ducks" transgender woman's questions

At a time when a number of organisations and social activists are fighting seriously for the social rights of transgenders, sadly there is no provision that allows the community members to appear for the competitive examinations conducted by the UPSC and TNPSC, both government bodies. This came to light through an RTI appeal filed by [...]

Mar 212013
USA - Marriage equality is a workers' rights issue (Nicole G. Berner & Elena Medina)

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in two historic cases relating to marriage equality. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Justices will consider the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a 2008 referendum that stripped same-sex couples in California of their fundamental right to marry by limiting state-recognized marriages to unions between a man and [...]

Mar 122013
USA - How much money has your doctor been paid by pharmaceutical companies?

Dr. Jon W. Draud, the medical director of psychiatric and addiction medicine at two Tennessee hospitals, pursues some eclectic passions. He’s bred sleek Basenji hunting dogs for show. And last summer, the Tennessee State Museum featured “African Art: The Collection of Jon Draud.”

But the Nashville psychiatrist is also notable for a professional pursuit: During the last four years, the 47-year-old Draud has earnedmore than $1 millionfor delivering promotional talks and consulting for seven drug companies.

Mar 082013
Brasil - Professora demitida por ser homossexual receberá indenização da prefeitura

A professora aposentada Carmem Silvia Geraldo, de 57 anos, ganhou ação contra o município de Campo Grande, por ter sido afastada do cargo na Escola Municipal Onira dos Santos, na zona rural da Capital. Carmem mantinha um relacionamento homoafetivo com Noyr Randora Marques, que lecionava na mesma escola e também foi demitida, em uma clara atitude arbitrária e homofóbica da Secretaria Municipal de Educação (Semed), então administrada pelo prefeito Nelson Trad Filho (PMDB) e o secretário de Educação, Volmar Vicente Filippin.

Feb 212013
USA - 9 gay leaders making a difference in technology

In industries the world over, many employees remain closeted for fear their homosexuality, bisexuality or gender transitions will cause peers and co-workers to think differently of their work. It’s an issue in the tech space, too, where females and minorities are also underrepresented and often stereotyped. Despite the overarching problem, many work environments have created cultures of [...]