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LGBT-friendly companies outperform others, study shows  •  April 21, 2016 It pays for companies to hire members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, according to a new study. Companies that are LGBT friendly by either employing openly LGBT management, having employees who are part of local LGBT networks or voted as being among leading LGBT companies
How Corporate America Became the LGBT Movement’s Key Ally TIME  •  April 13, 2016 North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory probably never imagined that he’d be spending April managing the political fallout over Bruce Springsteen concerts. Yet that’s precisely what McCrory and other governors have been doing after several state legislatures passed bills criticized for eliminating p
New Houston LGBT chamber of commerce forms Houston Business Journal  •  February 19, 2016 “There’s an LGBT chamber of commerce in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas,” Wallace said. “Yet we don’t have one in Houston. Being one of the largest cities in the country, we need a chamber.” The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce will have a soft launch Feb.
The Walmart Case That Could Expand Gay Rights at Work Bloomberg Business  •  February 17, 2016 Is anti-gay discrimination a form of sex discrimination? Walmart Stores, the biggest private employer in the U.S., is the target of a lawsuit that might soon provide an answer to that question. Walmart didn’t extend spousal health benefits to employees in same-sex marriages until January 2014, ev
Poll: Damage from Indiana RFRA lingers, but severity unclear Indy Star  •  January 20, 2016 National convention planners and some tourists have lingering negative views of Indianapolis that could be tied to last year’s contentious Religious Freedom Restoration Act fight, a recent poll commissioned by the city’s tourism arm found. Perhaps more troubling for tourism officials
Poll finds RFRA impacts linger; Visit Indy acts to blunt damage Indianapolis Business Journal  •  January 20, 2016 A survey commissioned by Visit Indy—the city’s tourism marketing arm—found there is still significant lingering negative effects of the RFRA controversy from last year. In October—seven months after the original Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed—Visit Indy hired Reach Market Plannin
Survey: most convention planners think of RFRA/LGBT issues when they think of Indy WIBC  •  January 20, 2016 Visit Indy presents the State of Tourism next week. This after a survey that’s producing some worry about the future of tourism. The survey was commissioned by the city’s tourism bureau months after last year’s debate over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Reach Market Plannin
Studies Show Billions at Risk for Georgia in ‘Religious Liberty’ Fight Atlanta Journal-Constitution  •  November 19, 2015 Two of Atlanta’s leading business groups say lawmakers have more than a billion reasons not to pass legislation that some believe would allow for discrimination against gay Georgians. And it’s green, as in dollars. For the first time, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Convention and Visi
Executive Order Makes LGBT-Owned Companies Preferred Contractors In Massachusetts The New Civil Rights Movement  •  November 13, 2015 Massachusetts’ Republican governor, Charlie Baker, (photo above) has issued an executive order mandating the state add LGBT-owned businesses to its Supplier Diversity Program, making Massachusetts the first state with an affirmative action program for LGBT companies. The Supplier Diversi
Human-Rights Ordinance Could Give Carmel, Indiana Economic Edge Indiana Business Journal  •  August 22, 2015 Carmel’s adoption of an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation as a protected class would give it an edge in economic development over other communities that aren’t pursuing such measures. That’s the view of economic development experts and site-selection consultants—