In order to achieve full federal equality, we need the best organizations utilizing resources in the most effective way. There are thousands of LGBTQ centered organizations across the country, the most recognized being the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Founded in 1980 to raise money for candidates for public office who supported equality, HRC became a well known and powerful organization. Their square blue logo with the yellow equal sign would soon adorn LGBTQ owned vehicles in every city in every state in America. It became a calling card of sorts of the LGBTQ community, a statement of belonging, a symbol of equality and unity. HRC not only became a common name in households all over the nation, the organization would also become well known in Washington, DC and well connected in the Obama White House. However, HRC has many critics and skeptics in the LGBTQ community, many who claim HRC is an ineffective and lackluster organization bilking the LGBTQ community and profiting from our inequality. Why is the most powerful and well connected LGBTQ rights organization in the world coming under such intense scrutiny from the people the organization exists to represent?
HRC releases an index evaluating 137 cities of United States (the 50 state capitals, the 50 most populous cities in the country, and the 25 large, 25 mid-size, and 25 small municipalities with the highest proportion of same-sex couples) and their policies for LGBTQ people.
The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index 2012 came out this week, ranking hundreds of major US companies based on a set of criteria. These criteria include an assessment of companies’ non-discrimination policies, the offering of equal partner benefits, availability of LGBT resources for employees, the provision of transgender healthcare, a public commitment to LGBT causes, and a lack of support for anti-LGBT initiatives. The scoring falls under each of these categories, amounting to a highest possible score of 100.
I had a job interview today, the first one in about a year. And though I now go by Cael on a day to day basis, I have still not changed my name legally, so I still must legally apply as Mary. In the course of past interviews, it has always been difficult to try to figure out how to dress as my life has progressed. At first, it was easy—though uncomfortable—to put on some tight pin stripe pants and a spaghetti-string tank top under an equally tight button up shirt. Then as I grew more comfortable with myself, I would trade the tight pants for some men’s slacks instead. Little by little, my style changed to reflect my male identity, and I no longer own any women’s clothes.
Do you want to have fun? Dinah Shore and HRC organize a weekend. Cocktail, meet and celebrate the community with the team of HRC and actresses of the most popular lesbian webseries!
While we wait the answer of the Senate of New York about the legalization of gay marriage in the state, Uma Thurman shows her support.