April 30, 2012

Wall St Execs Convene Again on LGTB Work Rights



Top Wall Street Executives Convene for First Time on LGBT Equality

Bank of America and CEO Brian Moynihan Host Second Annual Event

 
NEW YORK, Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Top executives, including CEOs, from some of Wall Street's biggest banks, along with C-suite executives from other industries will meet to discuss LGBT equality at the second annual Out on the Street Leadership Summit on May 2, 2012. Bank of America Merrill Lynch will host the event at its New York headquarters. This represents the first time that so many senior executives will meet to discuss LGBT equality.
Building on the success of the inaugural summit in 2011, the 2012 summit will focus on the role that support for LGBT equality can play in the retention of talent and the conduct of business. In addition to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, featured speakers include, Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs; Paul Singer, CEO of Elliott Capital Management; Ken Mehlman, head of global public affairs, KKR; Lynn Utter, president & COO, Knoll Furniture; John Veihmeyer, Chairman, CEO KPMG LLP; and special guest moderator George Stephanopoulos from ABC.
The senior-level representation at the full-day summit reflects the groundbreaking role 
financial services, in particular Wall Street banks, have taken in advancing LGBT rights. Whether reimbursing LGBT employees' pay to address the tax inequalities of domestic 
partner benefits or taking highly visible stances on marriage equality, these leaders exemplify the willingness of financial services companies to go beyond the relative safety of employee engagement issues, such as support for LGBT employee groups, into larger issues affecting their LGBT employees.
"We are proud to support the cause of LGBT equality. People are the most valuable resource our company has, and our support for initiatives like this one matters deeply to them," said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs.
The 2012 Out on the Street summit agenda also includes Sylvia Ann Hewlett of the Center for Talent Innovation, who will be unveiling the early findings of the Center's new global LGBT research, "The Power of Out II." Co-sponsored by Out on the Street, and coauthored by its founder Todd Sears, the study will include deep dives on gender and international challenges.
Breakout sessions will explore a number of topics including the intersection of gender and sexual orientation, how LGBT support translates outside U.S. borders and emerging LGBT opportunities and challenges.
"The movement towards full LGBT equality in the U.S. is driven by corporate leaders such as the members of Out on the Street who are taking increasingly public stances of support," said James P. Gorman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley, a founding OOTS member.
Member companies of Out on the Street realize that despite the progress in corporate policies, significant challenges still remain for the LGBT community. In just one year, the number of member companies has grown from the founding six banks (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley) to eleven organizations, 
with the addition of Credit Suisse, HSBC, KKR, KPMG LLP, and UBS.
"Instead of remaining in the safe zone of advocating for LGBT workplace equality which upwards of 70% of Americans support; these companies have taken courageous stances in more controversial areas, marriage equality, support for which only recently passed the 50% mark in polls," (1) Sears said.
1) Gallup Poll, May 20, 2011: http://www.gallup.com/poll/147662/first-time-majority-americans-favor-legal-gay-marriage.aspx
ABOUT OUT ON THE STREET: Out on the Street is the first LGBT leadership organization 
for Wall Street, by Wall Street. The summit focuses on bringing senior LGBT leaders together from major Wall Street firms to discuss vital issues, network and collectively set an forward looking agenda for the community on the Street.
2012 Out on the Street Members: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, KKR, KPMG LLP, Morgan Stanley and UBS.
Created and developed by Todd Sears, diversity leader and former banker, its mission is to engage both gay and straight senior leaders in discussions around making the Street a destination for top talent, as well as to enhance the careers of LGBT senior leaders by creating connections to increase opportunities for business. Out on the Street Leadership Summits bring together senior leaders--LGBT as well as straight allies--to discuss vital issues including cultural change, recruitment, client development and ways to maximize business impact.

        
        
ORGANIZATION                  CONTACT NAME           EMAIL                                  PHONE
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        Out on the Street             Jonathan Saw           jonathan@outonthestreet.org            917-273-6498
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        Bank of America               John Yiannacopoulos    john.yiannacopoulos@bankofamerica   646-855-2314
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        Barclays                      Mark Lane              Mark.Lane@barclayscapital.com          212 412 1413
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        Citi                          Anu Ahluwalia          Anu.ahluwalia@citi.com                 212-559-4114
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        Center for Talent Innovation  Karen Sumberg          ksumberg@talentinnovation.org          212-315-2333
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ———————————————— -  ------------
        Credit Suisse                 Perrin Wheeler         perrin.wheeler@credit-suisse.com       212 325 8978
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ——————————————— -  ------------
        Deutsche Bank                 Sigalit Grego          sigalit.grego@db.com                   212-250-6952
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ——————————————— -  ------------
        Goldman Sachs                 Leslie Shribman        leslie.shribman@gs.com                 212-902-5400
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ———————————————— 
        HSBC                          Rob Sherman            robert.a.sherman@us.hsbc.com           212-525-6901
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ——————————————— -  ------------
        KKR                           Kristi Huller          Kristi.Huller@kkr.com                  212-230-9722
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  —————————————— -  ------------
        KPMG                          Laura Sheridan Powers  lsheridan@kpmg.com                     212-872-7665
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ——————————————— -  ------------
        Morgan Stanley                Sandra Hernandez       sandra.hernandez@morganstanley.com     212-761-2446
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ————————————— 
        UBS                           Karina Byrne           karina.byrne@ubs.com                   212-882-5692
        ----------------------------  ---------------------  ————————————— 
        

SOURCE: Out on the Street and Bank of America
        
        Out on the Street 
        Jonathan Saw, 917-273-6498 
jonathan@outonthestreet.org

Gay Friendly Companies:
These companies were on the list for both 2007 AND 2008:
Company Headquarters Website 
 American Express Co. New York, NY http://www.americanexpress.com
 Ameriprise Financial Inc. Minneapolis, MN http://www.ameriprise.com
 Bank of America Corp. Charlotte, NC http://www.bankofamerica.com
 Capital One Financial Corp. McLean, VA http://www.capitalone.com
 Charles Schwab Corp. Francisco, CA http://www.schwab.com
 Citigroup Inc. New York, NY http://www.citi.com
 Credit Suisse New York, NY http://www.credit-suisse.com
 Deutsche Bank New York, NY http://www.db.com/
 Fannie Mae Washington, DC http://www.fanniemae.com
 Goldman Sachs Group Inc. New York, NY http://www.gs.com
 J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. New York, NY http://www.jpmorganchase.com
 Lehman Brothers Holdings New York, NY http://www.lehman.com
 Mellon Financial Corp. Pittsburgh, PA http://www.mellon.com
 Merrill Lynch & Co. New York, NY http://www.ml.com
 Morgan Stanley New York, NY http://www.morganstanley.com
 State Street Corp. Boston, MA http://www.statestreet.com
 SunTrust Banks Inc. Atlanta, GA http://www.suntrust.com
 Visa Foster City, CA http://www.visa.com
 Wachovia Corp. Charlotte, NC http://www.wachovia.com
 Wells Fargo & Co. San Francisco, CA http://www.wellsfargo.com
 These companiesare new additions to the 2008 list:
 CompanyHeadquarters Website 
 Bear Stearns Companies Inc., The New York, NY  http://www.bearstearns.com
 Countrywide Financial Corp. Calabasas, CA http://www.countrywide.com
 HSBC North America Holdings Inc. Prospect Heights, IL http://www.hsbcusa.com
 IndyMac Bancorp Inc. Pasadena, CA  http://www.indymacbank.com
 KeyCorp Cleveland, OH http://www.key.com
 KPMG LLP New York, NY http://www.us.kpmg.com
 MasterCard Inc. Purchase, NY http://www.mastercard.com
 Northern Trust Corp. Chicago, IL http://www.northerntrust.com
 Principal Financial Group Des Moines, IA  http://www.principal.com
 U.S. Bancorp Minneapolis, MN  http://www.usbank.com
 UBS AG Stamford, CT http://www.ubs.com
 Washington Mutual Inc. Seattle, WA  http://www.wamu.com

Feel free to post comments about your experiences with Gay Friendly Companies. If you'd like to recommend a company for this section, let us know!

‘An AIDS Activist Should be Injected with it’ } Ex Gay, Ex Human Being


 The president of a group for "ex-gays" is not liable for defamation after telling a local news audience that The president of a group for "ex-gays" is not liable for defamation after telling a local news audience that "somebody should inject [a gay-rights activist] with AIDS," a federal judge ruled.
     Gregory Quinlan is the president and CEO of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) a Virginia-based nonprofit that claims to support a community of ex-gays - men and women who decide "to leave homosexuality via secular therapy, Homosexuals Anonymous support groups, faith based ministries and other non-judgmental environments."
     "Former homosexuals are the last invisible minority group in America," according to PFOX's website.
     A lawsuit removed to federal court in Virginia's Eastern District claimed that Quinlan targeted Wayne Besen, the executive director of Truth Wins Out, a Vermont-based nonprofit that purports to fight "anti-gay lies and the ex-gay myth."
     While appearing as a guest on WDCW-TV in October 2011, Quinlan told the D.C.-area television station about Truth Wins Out. "Wayne Besen," Quinlan said. "He's asked for people, you know, somebody needs to run Greg over. He needs to be hit with a bus. Somebody should inject him with AIDS. Those are the things Wayne Besen and Truth Wins Out says about me."
     When Besen demanded that Quinlan retract his statement, Quinlan refused and echoed the remarks on PFOX's blog "The truth is that Besen once said to me in a private conversation that someone should run me over with a bus or inject me with AIDS," the post said. "Did I think he was serious? No. I knew it was just Wayne being Wayne; one part blust, two parts hyperbole and three parts hot air."
     Quinlan also allegedly suggested that "perhaps Wayne's attitude had something to do with his firing from the Human Rights Campaign."
     U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson granted Quinlan and PFOX's motion to dismiss, finding that Besen "has not pled any facts which, taken as true, demonstrate that Quinlan knew - or should have been aware - that Besen was not actually 'fired' from Human Rights Campaign, or that Besen had not, in fact, directed violent rhetoric at Quinlan at some point in the past."
     Although Besen argued the contrary, Hudson found that Besen qualifies as a public figure as a chief spokesman for a nonprofit advocacy group. The judge noted that "plaintiff recognizes the public 'dispute,' in which both he and defendant Quinlan are actively involved, concerning the question of whether one's 'sexual orientation can be changed.'"
     "As a public figure, plaintiff must show that the allegedly defamatory statements were made with knowing falsity or with reckless disregard for the truth," Hudson wrote. "'Reckless conduct is not measured by whether a reasonably prudent man would have published, or would have investigated before publishing. There must be sufficient evidence to permit the conclusion that the defendant in fact entertained serious doubts as to the truth of his publication.' As the Fourth Circuit has observed, 'establishing actual malice is no easy task, because the defamation plaintiff bears the burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence."
     "Plaintiff has not met his burden as a limited-purpose public figure to plausibly allege actual malice, and his defamation claims must be dismissed," Hudson added. 
 a federal judge ruled.
     Gregory Quinlan is the president and CEO of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) a Virginia-based nonprofit that claims to support a community of ex-gays - men and women who decide "to leave homosexuality via secular therapy, Homosexuals Anonymous support groups, faith based ministries and other non-judgmental environments."
     "Former homosexuals are the last invisible minority group in America," according to PFOX's website.
     A lawsuit removed to federal court in Virginia's Eastern District claimed that Quinlan targeted Wayne Besen, the executive director of Truth Wins Out, a Vermont-based nonprofit that purports to fight "anti-gay lies and the ex-gay myth."
     While appearing as a guest on WDCW-TV in October 2011, Quinlan told the D.C.-area television station about Truth Wins Out. "Wayne Besen," Quinlan said. "He's asked for people, you know, somebody needs to run Greg over. He needs to be hit with a bus. Somebody should inject him with AIDS. Those are the things Wayne Besen and Truth Wins Out says about me."
     When Besen demanded that Quinlan retract his statement, Quinlan refused and echoed the remarks on PFOX's blog "The truth is that Besen once said to me in a private conversation that someone should run me over with a bus or inject me with AIDS," the post said. "Did I think he was serious? No. I knew it was just Wayne being Wayne; one part blust, two parts hyperbole and three parts hot air."
     Quinlan also allegedly suggested that "perhaps Wayne's attitude had something to do with his firing from the Human Rights Campaign."
     U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson granted Quinlan and PFOX's motion to dismiss, finding that Besen "has not pled any facts which, taken as true, demonstrate that Quinlan knew - or should have been aware - that Besen was not actually 'fired' from Human Rights Campaign, or that Besen had not, in fact, directed violent rhetoric at Quinlan at some point in the past."
     Although Besen argued the contrary, Hudson found that Besen qualifies as a public figure as a chief spokesman for a nonprofit advocacy group. The judge noted that "plaintiff recognizes the public 'dispute,' in which both he and defendant Quinlan are actively involved, concerning the question of whether one's 'sexual orientation can be changed.'"
     "As a public figure, plaintiff must show that the allegedly defamatory statements were made with knowing falsity or with reckless disregard for the truth," Hudson wrote. "'Reckless conduct is not measured by whether a reasonably prudent man would have published, or would have investigated before publishing. There must be sufficient evidence to permit the conclusion that the defendant in fact entertained serious doubts as to the truth of his publication.' As the Fourth Circuit has observed, 'establishing actual malice is no easy task, because the defamation plaintiff bears the burden of proof by clear and convincing evidence."
     "Plaintiff has not met his burden as a limited-purpose public figure to plausibly allege actual malice, and his defamation claims must be dismissed," Hudson added.       
By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

Q. Why Men Wear Tattoos?} Answer } Simple



In the following words I will want everyone to know that I am not passing judgment tattoos and my opinion I will give to you only if you ask for it.
I wanted a Professional that deals with this particular and get his opinion(s). The real answer comes from the person that gets the tattoo, obviously….that is if the person knows…don’t assume that every body knows why they do things.  WE do however have studies that ask many thousand of individuals why?  and then the next question is how does that affect the individual’s life? Which is not the same as growing  a mustache or coloring your hair because those things are not permanent.  To remove a tattoo you still need today plastic surgery and lots of money to not leave the skin unscarred.  It also of coarse depends where you decided to assert your independence to give to the world or someone else a message. Do you have an opinion on why tattoos are so popular in today’s society? Most people that have tattoos will say that they got them for a specific reason such as remembering someone or a time in their lives. Others say that they feel more sexy or adventurous because they have gotten the tattoos.

Q for the Doctor:

I am wondering if there is more to it then these reasons. Have you ever counseled anyone on whether they should or should not get a tattoo?  Adam for adamfoxie*
  
Tattoos have been around for about 5000 years. Keep in mind that tattoos are only popular in parts of today’s society, not all of society. This has always been true. As you mentioned, many people have tattoos that represent their life, their history, their interests or their memories. I think tattoos are popular because being rebellious, adventurous, and noncomformist has always been popular. It’s a type of public announcement that the individual feels they are different, perhaps more adventurous. This has been a theme throughout history. In the 1960s it was long hair. As we review history, these fads come and go which is not a problem for having long hair — that can be fixed in a haircut. Fads that create permanent changes tend to create problems for the individual as times change. People who still groom and dress like Elvis Presley look pretty silly today…except in Las Vegas. Senior citizen “hippies” are considered oddities with little interest shown in their philosophical beliefs. Employers are now restricting the visibility, number, and location of tattoos and piercings. Individuals who have facial tattooing and piercing may be proud of their stylish appearance but they will be unemployable or only acceptable in low-paying positions. 

Adamfoxie*: Even the person Above who is a phycology PhD can only give his educated opinion. We are passing on educated advised and like We mentioned before the user is the driver on this tattoo mobile. 


April 29, 2012

Pride Day Brazil…I could be wrong } Face Looks Familiar



All that work to end up wearing a brazilian hat on pride day!

London Schools No Place For Prejudice From The Church


  • In London the Catholic Ed. Service believes that we live in the “Barbaric years in which in  what they say went. But not in Britain then. Not on London today. They are telling State funded Schools to take a stands against gay marriage.  Well it just so happen they' re breaking the law. I know they believe the law is for us and not them but these bunch is very wrong in this approach.  I’ll leave you with a posting from guardian.co.uk.
  • adamfoxie*
  • The Pope’s representative in Britain has urged Roman Catholic leaders to form a united front with their Muslim and Jewish counterparts to oppose gay marriage.

  • We were appalled to read that the Catholic Education Service had written to state-funded Catholic schools to push them into taking a stand against gay marriage (Catholic state schools promote petition against gay marriage, 26 April).
    Brook and FPA do not believe there is a place for this type of lobbying. It raises serious concerns about the impact on the school community and on individuals who are gay or have family members who are gay. Schools have a duty to work within the equal opportunities statement of the national curriculum, and faith-based schools are not exempt.
    The young people who responded to this naked attempt by the Catholic Education Service to induce bigotry and intolerance about gay marriage into their school day, by advocating for gay rights instead, should be congratulated. It takes courage to stand up for one's convictions, especially when this pressure comes from those in authority.
    Brook and FPA support young people's rights to make choices based on accurate and balanced information. And this is as true for their political and religious views as it is for their sexual health decision-making.
    Simon Blake CEO, Brook
    Julie Bentley CEO, FPA
    • The Catholic Education Service should not be seeking to influence pupils to sign petitions against gay marriage. This entirely breaches the spirit of the Equality Act.
    Many Catholic schools will have students and teachers who are gay or questioning their sexual orientation. Students may have family members who are gay or lesbian. It is important that all our schools promote equality, value diversity and implement effective strategies to eradicate homophobia. Students in every school need to discuss human rights and be prepared for a world where gay and straight people are equal.
    The Catholic Education Service has failed to realise that teaching what looks like intolerance about lesbian and gay people compounds stereotypes about gay people, and fuels prejudice. Homophobia can lead to hate crime and causes very real harm to LGB young people, even driving some to suicide.
    Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or marital status should have no place in any of our schools.
    Christine Blower
    General secretary, National Union of Teachers
    • As a gay man who was raised in the Catholic church and attended Catholic schools, I am deeply saddened by the church's response to the proposals to change the legal definition of marriage.
    While I initially dismissed the comments of Cardinal O'Brien (Report, 5 March) as irresponsible and misguided, the letter that was then read at Catholic masses troubled me greatly. I was concerned by how its contents would be interpreted by younger members of the church, who may still be struggling to reconcile their sexuality with their faith.
    The church's campaign has now made its way into Catholic schools. As a trainee teacher, I am only too aware of the power teachers have to shape the ideas and beliefs of the young people in their care. With this power comes responsibility, and I believe it irresponsible to present ideas against equality to schoolchildren in this way. I can only hope common sense prevails, with schools choosing not to peddle the church's campaign in this way.
    Andrew Devlin
    Leigh, Lancashire
    • Reading Chris Bryant's comments in your article (Anti-gay adverts pulled from bus campaign after protests, 13 April), I had to laugh. Not in an amused way. "The emotional damage that is done to the individuals who try to suppress their sexuality [and] the women they marry …" Sorry. I suppose I wrongly assumed that some of the "hurt teenagers struggling with their sexuality", or any of the other vulnerable, misled individuals who might be hurt by the campaign, could be lesbians? Silly me. Of course only men experience homophobia … only men lead double lives. In an article that takes care to point out the negative social and psychological effects of attempts to "cure" homosexuality, Bryant's comment reminds me of the double invisibility that I'd guess makes a lot of gay women susceptible to such campaigns.
    Rebecca Balfourth
    London

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